KINGSTON, Jamaica, April 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Heart Institute of the Caribbean (HIC) Founder and CEO, Dr. Ernest Madu recently accepted the prestigious 2017 American College of Cardiology (ACC) International Service Award at the Convocation of the College's 66th Annual Scientific Session in Washington, DC, March 19, 2017. Dr. Madu is the first and only Cardiologist from the Caribbean to receive this honor.
ACC Distinguished Awards are given annually to the brightest minds in Cardiovascular Medicine and represent the pinnacle of achievement in Cardiovascular Medicine as adjudged by an international panel of esteemed Cardiologists. Winners of the International Service Award are noted to possess innate leadership qualities and have acted in the capacity of an exemplary role model within the field of Cardiology on a global scale. In a statement from ACC, President of the ACC, Dr. Richard Chazal noted that Dr Madu has made "great contributions to the College and to the international cardiovascular community" and that his selection to receive the award is due to his "continuous dedication to international causes." Established in 1949, the ACC is a 52, 000 member non-profit medical society dedicated to enhancing the lives of cardiovascular patients through education, research, and quality care and health policy. It is the leading recognized body of cardiologists in the world.
Dr Madu has been at the forefront of transforming cardiovascular care globally and in the Caribbean and has saved or improved thousands of lives. Madu, through HIC, has given away more than USD$1.5 million yearly to Caribbean patients by underwriting or subsidizing the cost of care, amounting to more than USD$16 million over the past 11 years. The 'Free Angiogram Programme' launched by HIC in April 2015 has likewise provided over 90 free coronary angiograms equivalent to over US$620 thousand to persons in dire need of life-saving cardiac services within Jamaica. Dr Madu and HIC have received multiple national and international awards for creative and innovative solutions for global healthcare challenges.
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SOURCE Heart Institute of the Caribbean