Friday, 22 August 2014

Cardiac Staff Matters 22/08/14

Cardiac Staff Matters is a regular publication of updates, information, points to ponder, and things that are significant to the Program.   The aim is to pass these points on during huddles, in conversations, and by posting in clinical areas to ensure widest dissemination. 

1.      Interim Vice President for the Cardiac Sciences Program

As you know, Francis LaBossiere is retiring on August 29th.  Until a permanent VP is recruited, Arlene Wilgosh will assume the position.

2.      Surgical Head for the Heart Failure Program

Doctor Rohit Singal has been the interim surgical head for Heart Failure within the Program.  Effective immediately, he has been appointed Surgical Head of the Heart Failure Program.  Please join the CSP leadership team in congratulating him on this accomplishment. 

3.      New CRN in ICCS

Belinda Landry has accepted the position of CRN on ICCS starting in September.  Belinda graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2007 with a Bachelor of Nursing and immediately started her nursing career with the Cardiac Sciences Program on CSIU. She then took on the WCCNEP ICU course and completed this in 2010 and has been working as a bedside nurse in ICCS since then.  She is currently the co-chair of SBH Nursing Practice Council

4.      New to the Program 

Please extend a warm welcome to two General Duty Cardiology Technicians to the Non-Invasive Cardiac Diagnostics department.  Brenda Cahigas will be taking a full-time, D/N position and Amy Harris will be in a part-time (0.7FTE) D/N.

5.      New CEI on ICCS

Ashleigh Shearer is the new Continuing Education Instructor for ICCS.  Ashleigh comes to the position from being the CRN on ICCS.

6.      Professional Development Opportunity

The 2nd Cardiovascular Forum for Promoting Centers of Excellence and Young Investors will be taking place at the RBC Convention Centre (375 York Ave, Winnipeg), September 4-6 2014.  This forum features a broad selection of thematic symposia, in addition to four awards sessions dedicated to trainees and young faculty. Twenty-eight symposia have been assembled to span the gamut of modern cardiovascular basic and clinical research, including regenerative and translational medicine, with over 100 speakers from around the world sharing their latest findings.  For more details, please visit 

7.      Save the Date

The inaugural Cardiac Sciences Career Symposium is taking place on September 10, 2014.  “Care Comes from the Heart” will take place on the Mezzanine in Asper and consist of booths and posters from all areas across the Program.  Staff will be available to provide information about your career in the Cardiac Sciences Program as well as host tours of our departments and areas. 

If you know people from outside the hospital who are interested in nursing, cardiac diagnostics, perfusion, clinical assists, and support roles, please encourage them come out and explore a career in the Program.

If you have any points that you want to pass to the rest of the Program and/or have feedback, please contact Paul Joudrey or 204.237.2743