FICCS (Foundation for International Cardiac & Children's Services)
1010 Sheridan Rd |Wilmette, IL 60091 |224-875-1631
Motivated by his desire to alleviate poverty and help his birth country, FICCS Founder, Dr. Parag V. Patel began providing charity heart surgeries after graduating from medical school. Dr. Patel is the Director of Cardiac Fellowship and Cardiac ICU at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL.
Since 2010, the FICCS medical team has completed over 50 successful charity cardiac catheterization procedures, including donated pacemakers. In addition, FICCS has trained over 350 young women in health and hygiene and has provided medical and nutritional support to over 2500 women and children.
"The feeding program has increased the school enrollment and improved the standard of living and the sanitary pads keep the girls from missing days of school."
Ayub Shimaka, Director of Ramah Care Center
While still a medical student and on a visit to his birth country of Kenya, Dr. Patel noticed that Kenyan medical students did not have basic medical items such as stethoscopes and simple medical supplies were not available. As a result, Dr. Patel began sending medical supplies and state of the art medical equipment to Kenyan medical students and hospitals and in 2003, Dr. Patel performed the first successful Bi Vent pacemaker procedure in Kenya. FICCS is a Foundation supported by the Patel family in USA and Kenya which began in the late 1980's by Dr. Patel's grandfather who began helping poor children in the slums of Nairobi. FICCS operations in East Africa are supported by the Vanguard Group,the largest supplier of medical equipment and supplies in East Africa. The Vanguard Group, also founded by the Patel family, consists of Nairobi X Ray, Meditec Systems and Fuji Film Kenya.
Kavi Patel teaches oral hygiene
Dr. Nicholson provides free cardiac services
Shriya Patel provides counseling services
FICCS Board of Directors donate medical equipment to Kenyatta National Hospital CEO, Lily Tare, in Nairobi, Kenya