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Feb. 19, 2015 – In recognition of Heart Month, the regional cardiac program for Scarborough-Durham will wrap up its annual campaign of community and hospital activities with an official grand opening celebrating the expansion of the Central East Regional Cardiac Care Centre, which will be held next week. Located at Rouge Valley Centenary hospital campus, the regional cardiac centre has been renovated and upgraded with new facility space, equipment and technology. This opening event will celebrate:

  • Three new cath labs – two renovated labs with new equipment, and one all-new lab

  • A new designated procedure room for pacemaker implants;

  • An expanded cardiac short stay unit for preparation and recovery of patients;

  • A new media room for videoconferencing and telemedicine; and

  • A renovated main hallway and entrance to the cardiac centre.

The event will also thank municipal, regional, provincial and community stakeholders who have supported the growth of our regional cardiac care program.

Where: Rouge Valley Centenary, 2867 Ellesmere Road, Scarborough
             Cardiovascular Rehab Education Theatre, 11th Floor

When: Thursday, Feb. 26, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. (*Media are asked to arrive at 3:15 p.m.)

What: The event will include:

  • Brief address on the regional program and how it is saving the lives of patients from Scarborough and Durham every day;

  • Ceremonial ribbon cutting with regional program leaders, local politicians and patients; and

  • VIP tour of the new cardiac centre

Who: There will be three speakers at the ceremony:

  • Joan Wideman, Chair, RVHS Board of Directors;

  • Dr. Joe Ricci, Program Chief, Cardiology, RVHS; and

  • An RVHS cardiac patient

Photo opportunities will be available during the ribbon cutting and VIP tour of the facilities.

About the Central East Regional Cardiac Care Program

Rouge Valley Health System is home to the Central East Regional Cardiac Care Program - Scarborough-Durham. With a highly qualified and experienced team of more than 20 cardiologists and more than 100 healthcare professionals, the regional program is integrated with the community to ensure excellent, timely care. Each year, more than 6,000 patients are seen by the program for a wide range of cardiac care services, including 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; pacemaker and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) and electrophysiology procedures to manage and treat arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats); and cardiovascular rehabilitation and education to help patients achieve an optimal heart healthy lifestyle. 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.

Rouge Valley Health System (RVHS) — The best at what we do.

Rouge Valley Health System is an excellent acute care community hospital with many programs, including 24/7/365 emergency, obstetrics, paediatrics, surgery, mental health and regional cardiac care. Rouge Valley consists of several health sites, including two community hospital campuses: Rouge Valley Centenary in Scarborough; and Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering in west Durham. Together, a team of physicians, nurses and many other professionals care for a broad spectrum of health conditions. Working in consultation and partnership with community members, other hospitals, health care organizations, the Central East Local Health Integration Network and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Rouge Valley continues to improve its programs and cater to the needs of the growing communities of Scarborough, Pickering, Ajax, Seaton and Whitby.