Early in 2021, Estrellita de Belén Foundation developed a project in partnership with Ascardio, a cardiovascular clinic. This clinic is located in Barquisimeto, Venezuela’s third largest and one of its oldest cities. This clinic boasts uninterrupted care for over 43 years treating more than 100,000 patients a year, while providing academic and social work in the region. 

Our resident partner is Dr. Bartolome Finizola M.D, who received his medical degree in Cardiology from Universidad Centro-Occidental Lisandro Alvarado located in Barquisimeto. Dr. Finizola specializes in Interventional Cardiology at Ascardio. He is a member of the Venezuelan cardiology society, a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, and is the President elect of the Venezuela Heart Foundation. 

Through this partnership, Ascardio provides low budget procedures for the children assisted by our Foundation. The Doctor and staff provide the lifesaving procedures for our children which would otherwise be impossible. This team are all true angels!