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Supporting High Risk Patients to Improve Their Vascular Health

July 20, 2015 – Hastings Field House in the Municipality of Trent Hills will be the latest site to be opened as the Central East LHIN’s regional Cardiovascular Rehabilitation and Secondary Prevention (CRSP) program continues to expand to serve patients across the LHIN’s diverse geography.

Rouge Valley Health System, the regional lead for the CRSP program, has already established community-based sites in Scarborough, Ajax, Whitby, Bowmanville, Port Perry, Oshawa, Lindsay, Pickering and Cobourg and a new site in Peterborough is scheduled to open later this summer.

Opening on August 30th and available to patients being discharged from the hospital or referred by their local primary health care provider or specialist, the six month program will include education, self-management training and exercise for people with vascular disease including those with heart attack, angina, congestive heart failure, stroke, peripheral vascular disease, diabetes and chronic renal disease.

Supporting High Risk Patients to Improve Their Vascular Health

June 11, 2015 – Ontario is investing in a regional cardiovascular rehabilitation and secondary prevention service serving the Central East Local Health Integration Network (Central East LHIN) for those who are at high risk to improve their vascular health. A LHIN-wide investment of $1 million has been provided to Rouge Valley Health System. Under its leadership, new sites will be established to expand cardiovascular rehabilitation and secondary prevention services to patients across the Central East LHIN diverse geography.

Read the full news release from the Central East LHIN.

By Jane Kitchen, Communications Specialist

Ken Scullion volunteers with the Regional Cardiovascular Rehabilitation and Secondary Prevention Service (CRSP) at the Rouge Valley Centenary (RVC) site in Scarborough, Ontario.

RVC is one of several CRSP sites, which includes locations throughout the Central East Local Health Integration Network.  Cardiac patients, and those at risk of a cardiac event, can choose a service site which is close-to-home.  The service relies on a multidisciplinary team of health professionals (see sidebar), including volunteers like Ken Scullion.

Scullion is one of approximately 80 volunteers working with CRSP services, and he draws on a wealth of experience; after his heart event in 2011, he too was a cardiac patient. This is a part of the requirement to be a volunteer here. “All volunteers have had a cardiac event or procedure and have been past program participants,” says Lynn Scholey, an exercise therapist. “We are grateful for the unique and significant role that our volunteers play. As past patients supporting our current patients, they play a key role that staff cannot.”

Brian Kelly, a former patient and now the volunteer convenor for the service, agrees. “When patients realize we’ve all had heart struggles, it gives us credibility with them,” he says. “Each volunteer has faced their own cardiac health challenge and anxiety.  We are all living proof that you can channel that anxiety into an exciting recovery.”

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.