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.
- Written by Nicholas Smith
New procedure offers relief, better quality of life
Feb. 18, 2015 — Heart patients in Scarborough and Durham with chronically blocked blood vessels now have the option of receiving treatment closer to home at Rouge Valley Centenary (RVC) hospital campus in Scarborough.
The Central East Regional Cardiac Care Centre, based at RVC, is now offering a new chronic total occlusion (CTO) angioplasty procedure. Patients with CTO have blockages in their hearts that they could have been living with for months or even years. They might be suffering from chest pain or shortness of breath during physical activities despite medications prescribed by their cardiologist.
Robert Keene, 63, of Oshawa, was one of those patients. He could tell something was wrong. He felt different, uncomfortable, and was slowing down. “I had shortness of breath, a dull ache when exerting myself, and a very low energy level,” he says. “I thought I had indigestion, and it was very bad in the evenings,” he adds. Keene did not know that he had a CTO — in his case, a complete blockage in his heart’s right artery.
- Written by Nicholas Smith
Regional cardiac care program offers heart check-ups at community sites
Feb. 2, 2015 – The Central East Regional Cardiac Care Program for the Scarborough-Durham area is offering its annual Heart to Heart community cardiac clinics as part of Heart Month.
Now in its fourth year, the clinics will be held during February at community locations from Scarborough to Oshawa. Healthcare professionals from the regional cardiac care program — including cardiovascular rehabilitation exercise therapists and cardiac diagnostic technicians — will be on hand to perform blood pressure tests and provide brief consultations on heart disease risk factors. Staff will also be offering information on: what to do if you are having a cardiac emergency (start with calling 911); heart disease prevention; and how to become more heart healthy.
The regional cardiac program provides access to leading state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, and specialized cardiac services — all closer to home for patients in Scarborough and Durham. Regional services include: cardiac catheterization and intervention procedures (for unblocking blood vessels in the heart); arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) studies, treatment and management; and cardiovascular rehabilitation and education. Rouge Valley Health System (RVHS) is the designated regional cardiac care centre, delivering care in partnership with The Scarborough Hospital, Lakeridge Health, and the Central East Local Health Integration Network.
"Our regional cardiac care program is here for you at all stages of your heart health journey,” says Dr. Joe Ricci, program chief of cardiology at RVHS. “Heart Month is a perfect opportunity to learn about the services available in Scarborough and Durham, from life-saving emergency cardiac procedures, to life-changing cardiovascular rehabilitation. If you want to improve the quality of your heart health, our cardiac care team is here to help. This February, you can meet with us just by heading to your local mall or community centre.”
When and where
The community is invited to the Heart to Heart clinics at the following locations:
Malvern Town Centre, 31 Tapscott Road, Scarborough
Saturday, Feb. 7, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Scarborough Town Centre, 300 Borough Drive, Scarborough
Saturday, Feb. 14, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Pickering Town Centre, 1355 Kingston Road, Pickering
Saturday, Feb. 21, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Oshawa Legends Centre, 1661 Harmony Road North, Oshawa
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.