Training Leaders in Pediatric Cardiology: Dr. Franciele Regiane Rohden

We are highlighting Dr. Franciele Regiane Rohden from the General Pediatric Hospital “Niños de Acosta Ñu” in Paraguay. In 2023, Dr. Rohden completed a six-month training in Pediatric Cardiovascular Imaging at the Gregorio Marañón General University Hospital in Madrid, Spain. Supported by Surgeons of Hope and esteemed doctors including Dr. Nancy Garay, Dr. Constancio Medrano, Dr. Enrique Maroto, and Dr. Fernando Ballesteros, this training has brought her advanced professional skills. Training included outpatient rotations, transthoracic echocardiography, transesophageal echocardiography, and fetal echocardiography. These skills will greatly enhance the quality of pediatric cardiac care she provides, offering hope to countless children and their families in her community. Together, we are making a lasting difference. Thank you! 

Our newest team member: Diana Chinchilla!

We are thrilled to announce that Diana Chinchilla has joined Surgeons of Hope as our new Operations and Missions Director! Based in Costa Rica, Diana brings a wealth of experience and a fresh perspective to our team. With a background in commercial and operations management for brands like Life Fitness and Salvatore Ferragamo, Diana’s strategic thinking and project management skills will be invaluable as we continue to expand our impact. Diana’s expertise in fundraising diversity, storytelling, and audience engagement will help us reach new heights in our mission to provide life-saving cardiac care to children in need. Her commitment to community service and passion for helping others align perfectly with our goals, making her an incredible addition to our team. Join us in welcoming Diana Chinchilla to the Surgeons of Hope family. We are excited about the positive impact she will have on our missions and the lives of the children we serve!

Cocktails for A Cause! A Resounding Success

Exactly one week has passed since Surgeons of Hope proudly proudly hosted Cocktails for a Cause, a fundraising event dedicated to celebrating the people who make our mission possible and witnessing the positive impact we bring to the lives of the children we support. Our night was filled with much enjoyment at the Ivy Terrace, where guests  basked in the perfect weather while relishing specialty cocktails and indulging in delectable hors d’oeuvres. The evening’s highlights included the exhilarating live auctions, a silent auction featuring amazing experiences and wonderful art by the Student Arts League, and, most importantly, a compelling look back at our work over the past year through a touching video presentation. We were privileged to host Ambassador Carlos Alberto Ortíz, the UN representative from Paraguay, at our event. Thanks to the remarkable achievements of our live and silent auctions, along with the live ask segment, we successfully met our goal to receive a generous matching donation from our former board member and steadfast supporter, Michael Katz. The funds raised and the valuable connections established have brought us a significant step closer to ensuring that children with Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) in Latin America receive the vital care they need. Our heartfelt gratitude extends to our dedicated board members, the event committee, our enthusiastic volunteers, sponsors, and most importantly, to the children and families we serve. They have entrusted us with the care of their children, and we remain committed to our mission.