Delivering high-quality heart care to underserved children in Mexico

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Public-private collaboration to treat pediatric heart disease

As many as 21,000 children born in Mexico each year have congenital heart problems, but it is estimated that less than a third have access to treatment, and the care they receive often is suboptimal. Public hospitals often lack the resources to serve this younger population effectively, and private hospitals are, financially, out of reach for many families.

Kardias was launched in 2000 to address this challenge. The nonprofit has developed a unique hybrid model that leverages the private and public sectors to provide surgery to children from underserved communities. The ultimate goal of Kardias is that Mexican children with heart disease have access to excellent care.

Kardias serves children through a specialized program at two centers, the National Institute of Pediatrics (INP) and the ABC Medical Center (ABC)—one of Mexico’s top private hospitals. High quality, complex surgeries are performed at both sites. The program team has more than 40 specialists in multiple disciplines. Since 2001, the team has performed more than 3,000 surgeries.

"PwC’s support has been the trigger for a profound transformation within Kardias. The support they gave us to define our overall strategy gave us the tools we were long looking for to define the Pediatric Heart Center objectives and strategy."

Ana Luz Díaz SmithDirector, Kardias

Building a foundation for sustainability

A team of PwC professionals provided pro bono assistance to help Kardias define its identity and the capabilities required to help grow and sustain the organization. They also helped restructure the operating and governance models, define a funding strategy and evaluate the physician compensation structure, to align with the overall strategy.

Making a difference to children in need

The work of PwC helped Kardias align its members behind a single strategy, while providing the structure and roadmap that should allow the organization to triple the number of surgeries it can provide annually. The Pediatric Heart Center at ABC has expanded from an operating room that was shared with other programs, to a designated operating room and additionally a catheter lab and from three intensive care units to a unit with nine intensive care and step-down beds.

PwC’s work has helped to strengthen the groundwork for Kardias to work towards achieving its mission of providing high-quality heart care to children in underserved communities in Mexico.

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Kyle Byrum

Kyle Byrum

Senior Manager Health Industries, PwC US

Ansley Enger

Ansley Enger

Manager Health Industries, PwC US

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