CINICO renews contract with heart institute

The Cayman Islands National Insurance Company has renewed its agreement with Saint Luke’s Heart Institute in Kansas City, Missouri, to provide specialty heart care to patients in Cayman.

On Monday, St. Luke’s Medical Director Mikhail Kosiborod, along with chief physician executive Leonardo Lozado and vice president of networking operations Robert Bonney joined CINICO’s CEO Lonny Tibbetts to sign the one-year renewal contract at the CINICO office.

CINICO welcomed the renewal of the contract. The insurance company, which covers more than 14,000 residents of the Cayman Islands, said that since 2009 when the initial contract with St. Luke’s was signed, there had been “positive clinical outcomes, high levels of patient satisfaction and cost savings” to the country.

As part of the agreement between CINICO and St. Luke’s, visiting cardiologists provide specialty care at the Heart Health Centre on West Bay Road, while some patients from Cayman also travel to St. Luke’s for cardiovascular care.

Board-certified cardiologists travel to Grand Cayman several times each month to provide cardiovascular evaluation, diagnostic and follow-up care at the Heart Health Centre.

Over the past five years, the number of Caymanian patients attending the Heart Health Centre for cardiac care has increased steadily, with nearly 5,000 being seen at the Heart Health Centre since 2009. In addition, more than 100 patients have been referred to and received advanced overseas cardiovascular care at St. Luke’s.

New programs have been added to expand the clinical services provided at the Heart Health Centre, including a device clinic and an athletic heart screening program.

The device clinic offers comprehensive checks for patients with pacemakers or internal defibrillators. Patients attending the device clinic also have the option of doing monthly remote monitoring at home via WiFi, which is transmitted directly to St. Luke’s for interpretation.

The first athletic heart screening was carried out at the Heart Health Centre last year, in a collaboration between the Centre, St. Luke’s and the Ministry of Health.

The screenings allow for the identification of athletes who are at potential risk for sudden death.

As part of the agreement between CINICO and St. Luke’s, cardiologists provide specialty care at the Heart Health Centre on West Bay Road.