Clean bill of health for cardiac unit
Winchester District Memorial Hospital’s cardiac program has received a Certificate of Achievement, recognizing the program’s quality improvement plan to support high quality, standardized care for patients.
“This is great for our patients and our team,” notes Cardiologist Dr. Kamal Sharma, who is at WDMH two days each week and practises at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.
WDMH’s new echocardiogram equipment is a key factor. The new machine, purchased through funds raised by the community, provides top-of-the-line images and reports. “We can now do much more here in Winchester, so patients do not have to travel to Ottawa,” says Dr. Sharma.
Echocardiography uses sound waves to create images of the heart and its structures for the diagnosis, management and follow-up of patients with heart disease. Each year, more than 1,000 echocardiograms are conducted at WDMH.