In two separate visits in 2003, 2004, and in collaboration with the World Heart Foundation (WHF), International Hospital for Children (IHC), Rotary Gift of Life New York, Haitian Hearts, and Caribbean Heart Menders, a feasibility study was done. The goal was to help and support a center of excellence or hub for comprehensive cardiac services. The IHC has since established a relationship to refer selected financially supported patients from neighboring islands, including St. Vincent, for further evaluation and treatment in Barbados.
|The island was uninhabited when
first settled by the British in 1627. Its economy remained heavily dependent
on sugar, rum, and molasses production through most of the 20th century. In
the 1990s, tourism and manufacturing surpassed the sugar industry in