Healing Hearts Vietnam is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide financial assistance to make life-saving cardiac surgeries available for needy Vietnamese families. Formed in 2015 by Drs. Chad Hoyt and Tom Forsberg, Healing Hearts Vietnam is built on the values of love, equality, value of life and fiscal responsibility.
Healing Hearts Vietnam exists because of partnership between generous donors, medical volunteers from the US, and our partnering medical centers within Vietnam. Our American physicians provide medical training within Vietnam and cultivate the relationships important to assure quality, transparency and accountability. Our partnering medical centers identify children in need of life-saving cardiac surgery, perform the surgeries and follow-up. We also partner with local Vietnamese to provide home visits and assess the ongoing needs of these families long after surgery is completed. Our generous donors provide the funding necessary to help provide life-saving surgeries to Vietnamese children.
Founders of Healing Hearts Vietnam
Dr. Hoyt graduated from medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1993. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Vanderbilt University Hospital in 1996 and successfully completed a fellowship in cardiovascular diseases at Emory University Hospital in 1999. Dr. Hoyt specializes in advanced cardiovascular imaging and has been in partnership with Centra Health for the past sixteen years. He currently serves as the executive medical director of Centra’s Heart & Vascular Center, a busy four-hospital system with seven office locations and forty clinical providers.
Dr. Hoyt began sharing his medical expertise in Vietnam nearly a decade ago, beginning with rural outreach clinics in the Mekong Delta and ultimately expanding to formal lecturing at Nguyen Trai Hospital and Hoan My Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. He partnered with Phillips Corporation to donate costly ultrasound equipment ($300,000 value) and provided hands-on training for the cardiologists of Nguyen Trai Hospital who mastered the skill of performing transesophageal echocardiography. This skill turned out to be very useful due to the pervasiveness of valvular heart disease in Vietnam. During Dr. Hoyt’s eight visits to Vietnam, he became aware of the need for cardiac surgery for impoverished children through contacts made over the past decade.
Dr. Forsberg graduated from medical school at University at Buffalo School of Medicine in 2006. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in 2009. Since then, he has been in partnership with Centra Health and provided emergency medical care in its emergency departments throughout Central and Southside Virginia. He is currently Medical Director for Centra Emergency Services Group, which provides emergency care in Centra’s four emergency departments and has over seventy clinical providers.
Dr. Forsberg first visited Vietnam in 2013 to share his medical expertise in airway management at two hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City. He returned in late 2014 to give a medical seminar with Dr. Hoyt at Hoan My Sai Gon Hospital. During this trip, he was impassioned by the need for cardiac surgeries, as well as the great impact made in the lives of the children and families who benefit from financial assistance. Upon returning from Vietnam, Dr. Forsberg led the charge to form Healing Hearts Vietnam.