Friday, 12 May 2017

Cardiac Staff Matters 08/05/17

1. Kudos to Dr. Davinder Jassal for being awarded a grant from Diagnostic Services Manitoba for his research on Scleraxis as a biomarker for cardiac fibrosis in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.


-  Help us extend a belated yet warm welcome to Cliff Cruzat, who accepted an indefinite term position as CRN for Y2PP & Y2 Special Procedures at SBH. He’s been with us since April 21st. We’re glad to have you aboard, Cliff!

-  Four new casual Cardiology Technicians joined the Non-Invasive Cardiac Diagnostics area at SBH. Trypheana Geddes, Amy Grewal, Chelsea Neilson and Jazlyn Wark, all recent graduates from Stenberg College, have begun their orientations here. Welcome to all of you!

-  Three new nurses have been hired within the program at SBH. Welcome to Bethany Campbell who will be working on CR4 at SBH, and to Lindsay Skelly and Amanda Wray, who will both be with the Cardiac Sciences Relief Team. All completed their senior practicum here—we’re so glad you decided to stay on with us!

-  Liza Alupay is a nurse at SBH who recently transferred from ACCU to the Cardiac Clinics, starting on May 1st. She has experience in a number of aspects of our program, and we’re happy she’s staying with us!

3. Congratulations to Dr. Shuangbo Liu, Chief Cardiology Resident, is the recipient of the Sanofi 2017 Canada/Heart & Stroke Foundation Award in Cardiology for excellence in research and scholarly activity in the discipline of Adult Cardiology at the University of Manitoba. Well done!

4. Internal Medicine held its Resident Research Day on April 25th, and cardiology was well represented:

-  Dr. Justin Cloutier presented the day’s best published paper, which was derived from his 2015 Resident Research Day presentation. Way to go!

-  Dr. Malek Kass supervised research by both Dr. Anas Merdad and Dr. Chris Parr who placed 2nd and 3rd (respectively) in the category of “Clinical Investigation by a Core Resident.

5. Dr. Lorraine Avery, one of our Clinical Nurse Specialists, was featured in the Canadian Nurses Association’s National Nursing Week 2017 publication, which was an insert in the May 4th edition of the Winnipeg Free Press. In the article, Lorraine described the wide range of opportunities and career paths available to nurses, and emphasized the importance of being always focused on the patient. Lorraine—you’re a great role model!

6. On May 4th, the SBH Heart Failure Clinic held a free educational afternoon for patients and families at the Canad Inns Transcona. This Heart Failure Awareness Day, which was attended by 165 people, gave attendees information to allow them to recognize the risk factors for heart failure as well as the signs and symptoms. Experts in the treatment of heart failure also presented on treatment options. Congratulations to the Heart Failure Clinic staff on this very successful public education event!