Monday, 11 May 2015

Cardiac Staff Matters 11/05/15

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. Please plan on attending Resident Research Day on Wednesday this week. The first event of the day will be a program update by Dr. Alan Menkis at 7:30 in the Samuel N. Cohen Auditorium (SBH Research Centre). Dr. Glen Whitman from Johns Hopkins Hospital, will be giving the keynote address at 1:00 pm and will be our guest judge for the resident research projects. For more information, contact Terri Hillier at 204-258-1203.

2. This week is National Nursing Week! There are events planned at each hospital to celebrate the enormous contributions of nurses so please check out the calendar of activities at your site. And be extra-nice to all the nurses you know!

3. A very informative afternoon for patients and families was held on May 7 on the topic of Heart Failure. Presenters included doctors, nurses, a pharmacist, a dietitian and a physiotherapist. Approximately 170 individuals attended this successful session.

 4. Welcome back to Sandy Gibb! Sandy returned to SBH on May 4, having been away in Calgary completing her clinical re-certification in Perfusion. She will work in Perfusion here while preparing to write her final exam in October. Congratulations, Sandy, and we’re glad to have you back where you will be a much needed addition to a very hard-working and short-staffed area!

5. Representatives from the Cardiac Sciences Program were thrilled to be able to thank in person the generous individuals who made the purchase of the 3-D trans-esophageal echocardiography equipment possible. A donor recognition dinner was held on April 30 which allowed us to express our gratitude to both the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation and the donors.

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 or 204.237.2743