LEAD­ERS AT HEART

Seaway News - - Front Page - SHAWNA O’NEILL shawna.oneill@tc.tc

CORN­WALL, On­tario – Lead­ers within our com­mu­nity are be­ing rec­og­nized for their gen­eros­ity to­wards the Univer­sity of Ot­tawa Heart In­sti­tute.

Com­mu­nity mem­bers met with Heart In­sti­tute ex­ec­u­tives on Thurs­day, Sept. 13 at the Corn­wall Golf and Coun­try Club, where it was rec­og­nized that Corn­wall and SDG has raised $ 515,000 of the lo­cal goal of $ 1.5 mil­lion.

“In hon­our of the won­der­ful gen­eros­ity of the com­mu­nity lead­ers in Corn­wall…i’m very proud to an­nounce that in our new, ren­o­vated Car­diac Imag­ing Cen­tre at the Heart In­sti­tute… we are go­ing to name it the Corn­wall and SDG Com­mu­nity Nu­clear Car­di­ol­ogy Room,” said Dr. Thierry Me­sana, Pres­i­dent and CEO of the Heart In­sti­tute.

Corn­wall and SDG res­i­dents ac­count for 10 per cent of all pro­ce­dures and over 6,000 vis­its an­nu­ally at the Heart In­sti­tute. In 2013, a fundrais­ing cam­paign of $80 mil­lion was launched to sup­port the over $200 mil­lion ex­pan­sion project – the largest ex­pan­sion in the In­sti­tute’s 42-year his­tory.

“We’ve made tremen­dous progress, but like any fundrais­ing cam­paign, the first part is eas­ier than the last part…we need as much sup­port as we can get,” said Jim Or­ban, Pres­i­dent and CEO of the Heart In­sti­tute Foun­da­tion.

Dr. John Paul Deyoung high­lighted the evo­lu­tion he has seen in car­diac care since he started work­ing lo­cally ap­prox­i­mately 35 year ago. He noted how priv­i­leged our re­gion is to be as­so­ci­ated with the Heart In­sti­tute and how it de­serves to re­ceive con­tin­ued com­mu­nity sup­port.

“Corn­wall might not have the deep­est pock­ets, but a lot of peo­ple reach very deeply in this com­mu­nity. I’m as­tound­ingly im­pressed,” said Deyoung.

“Ev­ery day we reach out to the Heart In­sti­tute to en­sure that pa­tients get the care they re­quire. We en­joy a great part­ner­ship,” said Jeanette Des­patie, Pres­i­dent and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of the Corn­wall Com­mu­nity Hospi­tal (CCH).

Tom Kaneb, a lo­cal vol­un­teer and phi­lan­thropist, noted how the Heart In­sti­tute is not only Ot­tawa’s, but it is very much Corn­wall’s too.

“If some­one liv­ing here has a (car­diac) prob­lem, that’s our hospi­tal,” said Kaneb.

In May, Pamela Tay­lor of Corn­wall had a pace­maker im­planted to reg­u­late her heartrate. Tay­lor, who over­came a num­ber of health chal­lenges, re­sult­ing in a triple by­pass in 2000 and chemo­ther­apy in 2010, moved to Corn­wall in 2014 to be closer to fam­ily. Af­ter be­ing un­able to find a fam­ily doc­tor and en­coun­ter­ing more health bat­tles, Tay­lor re­lied on the help of Nurse Prac­ti­tion­ers Nancy Macdon­ald and Mar­ion Watts, who then in­tro­duced her to Dr. Deyoung and he then re­ferred Tay­lor to the Heart In­sti­tute. Tay­lor feels very blessed and for­tu­nate to live in close prox­im­ity to the In­sti­tute.

“I am very pleased to see that peo­ple here feel that this is their Heart In­sti­tute even though they don’t live in Ot­tawa,” said Dr. Me­sana. “We al­ways try to cul­ti­vate the fam­ily spirit at the In­sti­tute so we hope they feel com­fort­able and safe, and the kind­ness and com­pas­sion. To me this is es­sen­tial…it’s not just top notch doc­tors do­ing com­pli­cated pro­ce­dures, it’s de­liv­er­ing the com­pas­sion and a very pa­tient-cen­tral ap­proach. We are thrilled with the gen­eros­ity from the SDG com­mu­nity con­tri­bu­tion.”

To find out more about the Heart In­sti­tute or to do­nate, visit https://foun­da­tion.ot­tawa­heart.ca/.

Go to www.corn­wallsea­waynews.com for the rest of this great story PLUS ad­di­tional SN cov­er­age.

From left-to-right Dr. John Paul Deyoung, Dr. Thierry Me­sana and Pamela Tay­lor at the Lead­ers At Heart SDG event on Sept. 13. (Shawna O’neill/tc Me­dia).

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