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New facilities, equipment and technology for leading cardiac care services

February 26, 2015 – Patients and the community recently celebrated expanded facilities in regional cardiac care at Rouge Valley Health System (RVHS).

On Feb. 26, 2015, the regional cardiac program wrapped up its annual Heart Month campaign of community and hospital activities with an official grand opening celebrating the recent expansion of the Central East Regional Cardiac Care Centre. Located at Rouge Valley’s Centenary hospital campus in Scarborough, the regional cardiac centre has been renovated and upgraded with new facility space, equipment and technology.

“Our new, updated cath labs allow for improved quality and efficiency. The investment that we have made means that our patients can have even better access to critical life-saving care, close to home, within our regional cardiac centre,” explains Glyn Boatswain, director, cardiac, critical care, oncology clinic & respirology services, RVHS.

As the designated cardiac care centre for the regional program, Rouge Valley delivers care in partnership with The Scarborough Hospital, Lakeridge Health, and the Central East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). Each year, over 6,500 patients are seen at the regional cardiac centre by a highly qualified and experienced team of more than 20 cardiologists from the three partner hospitals and more than 100 healthcare professionals. Services offered include life-saving emergency and elective interventions to unblock blood vessels in the heart; advanced cardiac imaging to get a better view of what’s happening with a patient’s heart; and pacemaker and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) and electrophysiology procedures to manage and treat arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats). The broader regional cardiac program also offers community-based cardiovascular rehabilitation services across the Central East LHIN, working with partner hospitals, including Ross Memorial Hospital and Northumberland Hills.

Participating in the opening were: cardiac patients and volunteers; regional cardiologists; hospital partners; Deb Hammons, Central East LHIN president and CEO; members of the RVHS Board of Directors, including chair Joan Wideman; RVHS Community Advisory Group; and members of the RVHS Foundation Board and staff members. 

Rouge Valley was also pleased to welcome several provincial and municipal leaders: Associate Minister of Finance and MPP for Scarborough-Guildwood Mitzie Hunter; City of Oshawa Mayor John Henry; City of Toronto councillors Paul Ainslie (Scarborough East) and Raymond Cho (Scarborough-Rouge River); and Town of Ajax councillor Joanne Dies. RVHS thanked the municipal, regional, provincial and community stakeholders, who have supported the growth of the regional cardiac care program.