Project C.H.E.E.R.

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Project C.H.E.E.R.

Project C.H.E.E.R. was an effort to better the quality of life of hospital patients and children at risk.

Overburdened staff, limited human and financial resources and often the uninspiring physical surroundings of hospitals, drug rehabilitation centers and juvenile correctional centers limit treatment to the most basic available. A team of Project C.H.E.E.R. volunteers, which included medical and health professionals, implemented laughter, personalized doctor-patient relationship, natural surroundings and a joy of living, combined with Christian counseling, and a holistic approach confronting sicknesses of all types.

Programs of Project C.H.E.E.R. included:

  • Collaborating with other U.S.-based organizations, facilitated set up of an intensive care unit in the children's hospital Roberto Del Rio in Chile. (Installed November 2002)
  • Weekly visits to cancer patients, providing counsel and comfort to both the patients and their families.

Santiago, Chile



Intensive Care Unit in Children's Hospital

Project Cheer, working together with other American organizations, facilitated the donation of equipment to set up an intensive care unit in the Children's Hospital, Roberto Del Rio.

s20_41.jpgs20_45.jpgRoberto Del Rio Hospital is a public hospital, founded in 1939, serving the whole country of 15 million people by referrals from primary care physicians. It performs 5,600 major surgeries per year with a 4-5 day average hospital stay. It is the National Agency for Cardio services doing 200 complex cardio surgeries per year, which will increase to 500 with this project.

This 14-bed unit, with equipment valued at over $ 3 M, is a tremendous boost to the cardiology department of the children’s hospital as they do a large percentage of the surgery for congenital and acquired heart disease in children here in Chile. The project portends to lower the infant mortality rate in Chile from 10 per 1000 to 9 per 1000, largely due to the addition of state-of-the-art equipment being made available, as well as staff training by professional medical volunteers from Stanford University Hospital.

Said another way, this ICU will save over 100 lives per year and allow 300 – 500 more surgeries to little heart patients as well as other pathologies needing urgent and/or serious interventions.

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An entire floor of the hospital was renovated in preparation for the installation of the state of the art medical equipment, including heart monitors, central stations, intensive care beds, incubators, neonatal vents and accessories.

In the winter months, Santiago is very contaminated. When the children, especially those from low-income families, get sick, it usually quickly progresses to bronchitis or other serious respiratory complications. The intensive care facilities, and hospitals beds in general, fill up with these patients and there is no possibility for operations for children with congenital or acquired heart diseases or other serious pathologies needing urgent intervention for that matter.