Monday, 24 April 2017

Cardiac Staff Matters 24/04/17

1. The Heart Attack Education Day held on April 13 was an overwhelming success! The brainchild of Dr. John Ducas, Lorraine Avery, and Randy Fransoo attracted over 150 attendees, who were introduced to the 17 standards and 2 algorithms for the care of patients with acute coronary syndrome across the province. In
addition, they had opportunities to learn about many other aspects of ACS care.

A big thank you to all those who contributed to Heart Attack Day, including the planning committee, the speakers, and the fantastic volunteer actors who starred in the video!


- Parminder (Pam) Singh, Cardiology Technologist at SBH, will be retiring after 36 years of service. Pam has provided expert care to the patients in the Stress Lab, Holter Lab and EKG and will be missed. Pam's last day will be April 28th. Please join us on that day from 1400-1600 in the Asper Mezzanine to celebrate her retirement.

- We bid a fond farewell to Lesli Meek, who is leaving the program as of April 27. Lesli has been an integral part of the program for 8 years, first as an Administrative Secretary and more recently as Program Team Assistant for the WRHA Cardiac Sciences Program. Throughout this time she has demonstrated a very high work ethic and an attitude of professionalism and she will be greatly missed. Please join us in wishing her the very best in her new position.

- Welcome to Kylie McClurg who started work as a nurse on 5A at SBH on April 18. Completion of a recent senior practicum there provides a springboard for her in this position. Glad to have you aboard!

3. A presentation describing the research projects that have been undertaken to address the issues of frailty and delirium in older adults undergoing cardiac surgery was given by Dr. Rakesh Arora and Dr. Todd Duhamel on April 13. The audience, though small, represented a mix of specialties and expressed a high degree of interest.

4. Congratulations to Dr. Rakesh Arora on his receipt of a Top Performance Award of the Editorial Board of the The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. As one of 5 recipients in the Perioperative section, Dr. Arora received this award as a result of his "...hard work, dedication, and outstanding performance as a reviewer The Journal and the specialty have benefited greatly from [his] commitment and expertise." We're proud to have you as part of our team!

5. We all need a chuckle:

I'd just come home from my sixth medical appointment of the week with one more to go, so I was in a lousy mood when my daughter called. After I recited my woes, my daughter said, "Well, seven doctors is better than one coroner."

Did you hear about the guy who lost his whole left side? He's alright now!

Mother: I need to speak to the doctor, it's an emergency, my infant has a temperature of 101.
Doctor to Secretary: Find out how she's taking the temperature.
Secretary: How are you taking it?
Mother: Oh, I'm holding up OK.
Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Cardiac Staff Matters 10/04/17

1. Dr. Rizwan Manji was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery, effective March 30, 2017. Congratulations, Dr. Manji!

2. Congratulations as well to Dr. Michael Raabe, who was awarded the 2015/2016 Academic Teaching Award by the Manitoba Medical Students Association (MMSA).


Dr. Mahwash Saeed was interviewed on CJNU 93.7 FM just after 1:00 am on April 1, 2017. She spoke about women's heart health.

Dr. Amir Ravandi was on the CJOB health report this past Sunday, April 2, 2017 sharing our educational, research, and clinical accolades in Interventional Cardiology. Click this link to listen:


Farewell and good luck to Bernardine Brys, a nurse in the cardiac clinics with 30 years of service who will be retiring at the end of this month. Her last day will be April 28th, capped off by her retirement tea to be held from 2-4 pm in the Buhler Gallery. Thank you for your contribution, Bernardine, and enjoy your retirement!

Welcome aboard to Karen Throndson, who will start on April 18 in a new position as WRHA Clinical Nurse Specialist, Cardiac Sciences. This isn’t a new role for Karen, as she’s been a CNS at Health Sciences Centre for the past 7 years. We look forward to having you with us here at SBH, Karen!

Welcome to Stephanie McEwan, who will be starting as a casual Receptionist I in the NICD department, effective today! Glad to have you on the team!

5. Heart Attack Education Day will be held this week, on April 13 at the Samuel N. Cohen Auditorium. The day, which will launch use of the new ACS Standards across the province, will be filled with informative presentations and opportunities to network. If you haven’t already registered, hurry to do so as registration is near capacity! Click for more information and to register.

6. This year’s Heart Failure and Transplant Clinic Retreat will take place May 24. The theme this year is From Guidelines to Clinical Practice: Optimizing the Management of Heart Failure. For more information or to register, please contact Karan Kraft at or 204-237-2744.

7. The Cardiac Sciences Program Team Managers and the Program Director at SBH recently visited The Real Escape, where they escaped from Death Row.

From left to right:
Donna Lee Samson, Rosanne Labossiere-Gee,
Gus Castaneda, Kelly Lewington, Reid Love,
Steve Klassen, Lisa Bowen and Dan Quinn.