Okyanos Heart Institute Offers Educational Seminar About Cardiac Stem Cell Therapy In Lucaya, Grand Bahama

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Dr. Howard Walpole Presents The Science Of Cardiac Stem Cell Therapy And Discusses The Needs From Local Businesses For Running The Cath Lab

Howard Walpole, MD, Okyanos Heart Institute

Dr. Howard Walpole, Jr.

"We welcome the local business community to learn about what we will be doing in treating patients with heart disease."

Okyanos Heart Institute, whose mission is to bring a new standard of care and better quality of life to patients with coronary artery disease using cardiac stem cell therapy, has announced that they will be hosting a free educational seminar for the business community and all other interested individuals on Tuesday, October 22nd from 5:30 – 6:30 pm in the Coral Reef Room of the Pelican Bay Hotel in Lucaya, Grand Bahama Island. Registration is requested to attend as seating is limited.

Howard Walpole, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.C., F.S.C.A.I. and chief medical officer and interventional cardiologist for Okyanos Heart Institute will provide an overview of stem cell therapy for heart disease, the source of stem cells, how it is intended to work, and the protocol that will be used by the cath lab for patients once the facility is open in February, 2014. Erika Mangrum, SVP of Communications for the company, will provide an overview of what services will be needed by small businesses on the island, such as janitorial, hospital grade laundry, transportation, catering and more. A preliminary list of jobs that Okyanos Heart Institute will need to fill towards the end of the year will also be shared.

“We welcome the local business community to learn about what we will be doing in treating patients with heart disease,” said Walpole. “Stem cell therapy is a growing field still with some confusion around where stem cells come from, what they do, and how they can potentially help someone with heart disease. We want to answer as many questions as we can.”

President of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) Ian Rolle, is pleased with how plans are progressing as the Institute prepares to open its doors locally in early 2014. “Legislation has recently been enacted to support stem cell therapy, research and development in The Bahamas. This is of monumental proportions as Grand Bahama Island is now poised to become a leading centre for medical advancement,” Rolle said. “We heartily welcome the Okyanos Heart Institute and support their efforts towards public education. Additionally, the employment of skilled professionals and outsourcing of ancillary services, mean permanent engagement and greater business opportunities for many of our citizenry.”

“Okyanos Heart Institute will have a number of service needs from the local business community”, said Mangrum. “We hope to meet potential suppliers and servicers and share what our needs will be from service providers, and share employment needs once we are close to opening in February. We could not be more enthused about bringing patients to the beautiful island of Grand Bahama in the hopes of improving the quality of their lives by restoring flow to their hearts.”

Registration for the seminar is requested as seating is limited. Call 242-688-2667 or email freeseminar(at)okyanos(dot)com by Oct 18.

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ABOUT OKYANOS HEART INSTITUTE: (Oh – key – AH – nos)
Based in Freeport, The Bahamas, Okyanos Heart Institute’s mission is to bring a new standard of care and a better quality of life to patients with coronary artery disease using cardiac stem cell therapy. Okyanos adheres to U.S. surgical center standards and is led by Chief Medical Officer Howard T. Walpole Jr., M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.C., F.S.C.A.I. Okyanos Treatment utilizes a unique blend of stem and regenerative cells derived from one’s own adipose (fat) tissue. The cells, when placed into the heart via a minimally-invasive catheterization, stimulate the growth of new blood vessels, a process known as angiogenesis. The treatment facilitates blood flow in the heart and supports intake and use of oxygen (as demonstrated in rigorous clinical trials such as the PRECISE trial). The literary name Okyanos (“Oceanos”) symbolizes flow. For more information, go to http://www.okyanos.com.

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