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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

WRHA plans for future demand on cardiac sciences

A team of consultants from the University of Ottawa Heart Institute will be in Winnipeg later in October to consult with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority's Cardiac Sciences Program to ensure the program's approach to quality improvement is consistent with best practice, and is positioned to meet future needs and demands on the program including an evaluation of the need for and feasibility of developing a heart transplant program in Winnipeg.

"After ten years of growth, we need to look forward to ensure we are well positioned today to meet future demands on the program so we can be confident the program will be able to meet the needs of patients over the next ten years," said Arlene Wilgosh, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

"This consultation will assist us in identifying any changes we need to make today to ensure we are able to meet the future needs of patients and Manitoba's population which we know is growing, getting older, and generally living longer. This includes an examination of the approaches used within cardiac sciences to monitor and improve quality, and an assessment of the need and feasibility of developing a heart transplant program here in Winnipeg."

Wilgosh noted that accurately projecting future trends in cardiovascular medicine is challenging due to rapid pace of change and the introduction of new therapeutic treatments and procedures. However, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority's Cardiac Sciences Program has been actively engaged in trying to quantify and prepare for future demand on the program. This included the internal preparation of demand projections which were subsequently reviewed internally and also externally by Dr. Jack Tu, Canada Research Chair in Health Services Research and Senior Scientist with the Sunnybrook Research Institute.

Building on the Region's efforts to date, the team of clinical professionals from the Ottawa Heart Institute has been asked to consult with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and the Cardiac Sciences Program.

The University of Ottawa Heart Institute is Canada's largest and foremost cardiovascular health centre dedicated to understanding, treating, and preventing heart disease. They provide care to more than 80,000 patients a year, and serve local, national, and international communities.

The four member team will be led by Dr. Thierry Mesana, President and Chief Executive Officer of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and a professor of cardiac surgery. Other members of the team will include a cardiologist, anesthesiologist, and chief nursing officer.

"I am pleased to welcome the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, and look forward to what we can learn from them following their visit later in October."

For more information contact:

Melissa Hoft
Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
Tel: 204-926-7868
Cell: 204-299-0152

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