Healing Hearts Northwest is a team of medical professionals in cardiology and heart surgery who, along with other volunteers, organize life-saving procedures for residents of Rwanda who suffer from rheumatic heart disease. At the invitation of the Minster of Health and the Director General of King Faisal Hospital in Kigali, Rwanda, HHNW began this mission endeavor in February 2010. Along with providing 15-20 surgeries annually, Healing Hearts leaders train local physicians, nurses and medical students in intensive care medicine and general cardiology to provide appropriate care for surgical patients. In this way, the teams can promote the establishment of a sustainable open-heart program in Rwanda.