BSP Chief Executive Officer Ian B Clyne presented the cheque to OOH program coordinator Katherine Johnstone and saying that "at BSP we believe that the right bank really can change your life". "BSP is your bank, for life, because we understand that we play a very important part in the lives of so many men, women and children in Papua New Guinea and across the South Pacific.
"Everyday we affect the way people do business and the way people live their lives. We are more than a bank, we not only have a commitment to provide modern and convenient banking solutions, but have a commitment to make a meaningful contribution to the community," Mr Clyne said.
Mr Clyne reaffirmed that BSP's community presence is not simply an opportunity to build good relations its customers but is a way to demonstrate a philosophy of responsible citizenship, the value of public and community property, resulting in needed tangible benefits.
Since the inception OOH, a total of 707 Papua New Guineans have benefited from the surgeries - 519 were children and 188 were adults. A total of 314 received open heart surgeries and 393 patients had closed heart procedures. The youngest patient to undergo surgery was 4 months and the oldest patient was 78 years.
"The focus of BSP's community initiatives and participation is very much on children and youth programmes in education, health and sport. Our young people are the future of our nation and deserve support and encouragement and we are confident that through this initiative many more children's lives will be saved," he said.
Ms Johnstone thanked BSP for this generous gift and said that OOH will not be possible without the undying support of such corporate firms such as BSP. "The Operation Open Heart would not be possible without the generous support of so many individuals and organisations and we are very grateful. OOH has no doubt, given many Papua New Guineans a new lease on life".
OOH will be staged at the Port Moresby General Hospital from July 28th - August 9th where local doctors with the support of Australian volunteer doctors will conduct heart surgery. Its two primary objectives are to provide cardiac surgery and also educate and train the local nursing, medical, pediatrics, anesthetics and surgical staff; in anticipation that the local teams will learn intensive care, operative skills, knowledge and techniques required to provide equivalent service.