Monday, 30 March 2015

Cardiac Staff Matters 30/03/15

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. Seven students from the Stenberg College Cardiology Technology will be starting their 12 week clinical placements at all hospitals across the WRHA, starting April 6th. They will be in EKG, Stress and Holter areas with Cardiology Technologists as their preceptors. We look forward to helping them achieve their goals and wish them success on the national exam in the fall. Join us in welcoming these students!

2. The 6th Harold Buchwald Heart Health Luncheon will be held on May 4, 2015 at the RBC Convention Centre from 11:45am – 1:30pm. The featured speaker will be Dr. Noel Bairey Merz, who will be speaking on New Approaches to Personal Heart Health. For tickets or more details, please contact Ivan Berkowitz (204-228-3193) or visit .

3. Early data from the NP Transition Clinic show some promising results! This clinic is a 6 month pilot project to determine if a rapid post hospital discharge follow-up for patients admitted with heart failure improves patient outcomes. Patients referred to this clinic are seen by the Heart Failure Clinic NP within 1-2 weeks after hospital discharge and they receive regular follow-up for optimization of their medications. The preliminary results from November 2014 to February 2015 of 18 patients referred showed that there were no readmissions and/ or emergency room visits within 30 days post hospital discharge. Future plans for this clinic will be determined once the pilot has been completed.

4. The Manitoba Association of Cardiology Technologists will be holding their AGM at St. Boniface Hospital on April 18th, 2015.

5. Congratulations are in order to Dr. Minh Vo! He has been awarded the 2015 Ronald Duhamel Innovation Fund Award for his work in Interventional Cardiology. Each year, this award is presented to a person at SBH who has consistently demonstrated innovation and leadership in the advancement of healthcare for Manitobans. Well done, Dr. Vo!

6. Special Recognitions

Brett Hiebert: Great work on the online scheduling project for clinic rooms--it’s very much appreciated!

Charlene White: You’re a star for continuing your excellent work from a wheelchair while you’re healing. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

If you have any news or items of interest or information that you want to pass to the rest of the Program and/or if you have feedback, please contact Kelly Lukaszewski at