Monday, 18 January 2016

Cardiac Staff Matters 18/01/16

1. Dr. Karen Chu, cardiology resident, has had an abstract accepted and is one of 6 finalists from across Canada who will be presenting at the Arrhythmia Update Plus 2016 later this month in Whistler, B.C. Her case is, titled "An Unusual Presentation of Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia," was supervised by Dr. Colette Seifer. Congratulations and good luck, Dr. Chu!

2. Congratulations to Belinda Landry, who is the new continuing education instructor for the ICCS (Intensive Care Cardiac Surgery, SBH)! She accepted a term position that ends July 2016.
3. There are 9 students from Winnipeg who are enrolled in the Stenberg College (Surrey, BC) program for Cardiology Technology. They will be back this spring to begin their 12 week practicums at WRHA sites.

4. Need a little lift mid-way through this dreary Winnipeg winter? Celebrate Heart Month by coming to the Cardiac Sciences Staff Social for some warmth and good cheer! See attached for details. It promises to be a night of fun and entertainment, with dancing and prizes! Tickets are on sale now; for more information, call Lesli at 258-1089.

5. See attached for an update on Accreditation 2016, which is fast approaching! The accreditation surveyors will be coming to survey all of WRHA April 17 – 22.

6. On the lighter side:

A consultation letter:
Dear Doctor, I am apparently referring this man to you! Unfortunately I can't find any records in the notes as to why, but I'm sure you will find out. Yours sincerely with kind regards.
Monday, 4 January 2016

Cardiac Staff Matters 04/01/16

Cardiac Staff Matters is a regular publication of updates, information, points to ponder, and news items 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. Congratulations to Elaine Ibbotson on her recent retirement from the Victoria Hospital after 23 years of dedicated service. Since 1999 she has held the Charge Technologist position in the EKG department where she has been an exceptional leader. We thank Elaine for her many contributions over the years and wish her a happy and healthy retirement.

2. Also, congratulations and “fare-thee-well” to Sheila Bowles, who retired as the Program Director for the WRHA Cardiac Sciences Program as of December 31. Sheila worked with the program for many years, moving from her position as the Program Team Manager of the SBH Intensive Care Cardiac Surgery unit to the WRHA Program Director position in 2008. She has been a strong advocate and leader for the CSP, and was always a pleasure to work with. Thank you, Sheila! Good luck and best wishes for a happy retirement!

3. A chuckle to start 2016:

A panel of doctors was asked for their opinions concerning a proposal to build a new wing to their hospital. This was what they said:

The Allergist voted to scratch it.
The Dermatologist preferred no rash moves.
The Psychiatrist thought it was madness.
The Radiologist could see right through it.
The Gastroenterologist had a gut feeling about it.
The Neurologist thought the administration had a lot of nerve.
The Obstetrician was labouring under a misconception.
The Ophthalmologist considered the idea short-sighted.
The Pathologist yelled, "Over my dead body."
The Paediatrician said, "Grow up!"
The Plastic Surgeon said, “This puts a whole new face on the matter.”
The Podiatrist thought it was a step forward.
The Urologist felt the scheme wouldn't hold water.
 The Surgeon decided to wash his hands of the whole thing.
The Anaesthesiologist thought the whole idea was a gas.
The Cardiologist didn't have the heart to say no.

Cardiac Staff Matters 21/12/15

Cardiac Staff Matters is a regular publication of updates, information, points to ponder, and news items 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. Apologies to Dr. Shuangbo Liu…her name was misspelled in the most recent edition of Cardiac Staff Matters.

2. Thanks to all who participated in this year’s Employee Opinion Survey! Here at SBH, A5 Cardiology won a pizza party for having one of the most improved participation rates in this year’s survey. That unit achieved a 75% participation rate this year compared to 40% in 2014. Way to go!

3. It was so wonderful to see so many of you at the Cardiac Sciences Holiday Party! We hope everyone enjoyed gathering around the (virtual) fire to share some goodwill and fellowship, especially at this time of year. Congratulations to all the winners of the draw prizes:
Insulated coffee mug & Tim Hortons gift card - Cammie Lui, Stress Lab
Treat tower - Belinda Landry, ICCS
Belgian chocolates & Subway gift card - Brett Hiebert, Research
Quality Street chocolates - Angela Lesiuk, CR1
Nutcracker holiday decoration & can of peanuts - Jack Kress, OR/Anesthesia
Belgian chocolates & Subway gift card - Ed Stocki, Respiratory
Gift card for Tony Roma's - Brad D., ICCS
Fleece lap blanket & DVD - Mahwash Saeed, Cardio
Insulated coffee mug & Tim Hortons gift card - Sheila Marte, Y3
Godiva chocolate gift package - Eva Stephens, Lipid Clinic
Quality Street chocolates - Noel D., CR5
Salt & Pepper mills - Shalene Rochon, CR1
Gift card for Tony Roma's - Sarah Rapko, 5A/CCU Physio
Jets sweater - Shaylyn Eyer, CR4
Flameless candle set - Suzanne Ring, ICCS
Cineplex movie passes - Joy, Respiratory
Nutcracker holiday decoration & can of peanuts - Kathy Van der Vis, Y3
Cineplex movie passes - Tina Beaulieu, CR1
Teapot and variety of teas - Susan Mertin, CR1
"Sweet Delights" gift package - Teresa Rostek, ICCS nights
"Sweet Delights" gift package - Crystal Todd, CR4 nights
"Sweet Delights" gift package - Cassandra Nimira, 5A/CCU nights

4. Congratulations to a former Cardiac Sciences PTM…Larissa Nimchonok just completed her BN!

5. It’s always wonderful to be reminded of the positive impact we have on patients’ lives. Every year, St. Boniface Hospital Foundation donors mail in ornaments to hang on the SBHF’s Tree of Hope & Healing (on display in the SBH Everett Atrium), on which they write messages of support and thanks. Below are just a few of the messages received this year:

• God Bless All! Thank you to the awesome staff at St. B's Cardiac Unit - care for my husband in 2012. (W. Witlaw)

• Thank you to the doctors & nurses in the cardiac surgery Dept. (Peter Reimer)

• Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am an owner of one of your Heart Pillows. (Gertrude Davies)

• God Bless Dr. Warrian & his Team for my chance in Life. Also all Medical Staff at St. B. & Asper for their care. (Myron Probizansky)

• I, too survived Emergency Cardiac Surgery in 2002. Thanks to St. B. Hosp. I am still around and able to enjoy my family. (Eula Woods)

• 2 heart bypasses; 1 triple A. I am having a wonderful life. Thank you St. B. Hosp. (Ernie Bennett)

• Merry Christmas & a Prosperous New Yr. to Dr. Pierce & his team & to the ICCS staff (Family of Remedios Fernando)

• Forever grateful to Dr. Kass & his team for performing Angioplasty July 2011. Because of that event I have new lease on life. (Albert Louie)

• Cardiac surgery 2000. Very thankful for extending my life & excellent care by all staff. (Edward Konrad)