Community Report

Community Report 2014

Building A New Home For Your Heart

“We are taking part in a historic milestone as we begin the construction of the most significant expansion of the Heart Institute since its foundation. Our new facility will not only reinforce our cardiovascular care, research, and training capacities, but it will ensure that our patients continue to receive world-class care, from an extraordinary team evolving in a state-of-the-art environment. This is our promise.”

- Thierry Mesana, President and CEO

Building A New Home For Your Heart

The New Expansion Will Include:

  • More than 145,000 sq. ft.of new space
  • Five operating rooms and one shelled-in operating room
  • Nine catheterization/electrophysiology labs
  • An additional surgical critical care unit for 27 beds
  • A central registration area in the lobby and escalator access to upper and lower floors

Caring for WomenCaring for Women
Last November, the Institute launched the first Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre, dedicated to ensuring that women are well-informed and well-cared for when it comes to heart disease. The new Centre will seek to improve care, raise awareness and deepen knowledge of heart disease. Its research efforts will specifically target women and draw on the expertise of world-renowned experts.

World-Class ImagingWorld-Class Imaging
Our much awaited MRI, the first in the Ottawa-Gatineau region to be exclusively dedicated to cardiac care, now allows for timely access to this essential service for cardiac patients across the Champlain LHIN. The acquisition of the new equipment was made possible thanks to the remarkable generosity of donors who have so far contributed $3.2 million, out of the $4 million fundraising objective.

Research EcellenceResearch Excellence
The recent global ranking from SCIMAGO Institutions ranking (SIR) reaffirmed the undeniable research excellence and vitality of the Heart Institute, by placing it in the top 200 of the best research institutions in the world, and across all fields of study. In Canada, the Institute ranked first amongst all cardiovascular institutions. Our inspired research teams are driven by the power of discovery, and a culture of excellence.

Patients Come FirstPatients First
The Heart Institute once again received exceptional patient satisfaction rates this year. The Institute placed first in Ontario amongst all academic hospitals for overall patient care and for the likelihood to be recommended for its inpatient care. The Institute also placed first for the likelihood for patients to recommend its out-patient (day surgery) care. It is the first time the Institute ranks first in three categories out of the four assessed.

We Are the Heart Institute

Patients Come First
By relentlessly demonstrating a strong commitment to world-class care and health promotion, our team creates a unique environment for our patients and their families, exceeding their expectations, and offering the best care through integrated clinical practice, education and research.

We build and foster interdisciplinary teams with blended skills that work well together, and improve outcomes and efficiency, while recognizing the contributions of all.

We are committed to uncompromised excellence, which means believing in the power of innovation, achieving the highest standards by continually measuring quality, seeing changes as opportunities, and being a resource to influence health care, education and research beyond our borders.

Guided by openness and good communication, we build solid collaborations with other health care facilities, research institutions, universities, industry and government in Canada and abroad.

Joining the Heart Institute Family in 2014

Dr. Sharon ChihDr. Sharon Chih

Dr. Chih attended the University of Western Australia’s medical school. After training in cardiology at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth, she completed her PhD at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in Sydney, followed by a fellowship in advanced heart failure and transplantation at the University of Toronto. She returned to Perth as a heart failure and transplant cardiologist in 2012 and joined the Heart Institute in 2014.

Dr. Robert ChenDr. Robert Chen

Dr. Chen received his medical degree from McMaster University. He completed his anesthesiology residency at the University of Toronto, and a fellowship in trauma anesthesiology at the University of Miami. Dr. Chen spent 15 years at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, devoting his time to general and cardiovascular anesthesia, perioperative echocardiography and ultrasound and critical care. He joined the Heart Institute in 2015.

Dr. Louise SunDr. Louise Sun

Dr. Sun received her medical degree from McMaster University. While completing her Master of Science in clinical epidemiology at Harvard University, she received awards at various research competitions, including being both a finalist and winner of the Canadian Anesthesiologist Society Residents’ Research Competition in two consecutive years. She completed a fellowship in cardiac anesthesia and research at Toronto General Hospital in 2014 and joined the Heart Institute that same year.

Dr. David GlineurDr. David Glineur

Dr. Glineur graduated with honours from the University of Louvain School of Medicine in Brussels. He then began his general surgery residency at the Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc and spent his third year of general surgery at the University of Lille in France. After extensive training in the United States in robotic cardiac surgery, specializing in mitral valve repair, Dr. Glineur launched the robotic mitral program at Saint-Luc Hospital in Brussels. He joined the Heart Institute in March 2015.

Dr. Mouhannad SadekDr. Mouhannad Sadek

Dr. Sadek received his medical degree from the University of Ottawa in 2005. He then completed his internal medicine training at the University of Toronto, and his cardiology training at the Heart Institute. He spent an additional two years at the Heart Institute specializing in cardiac electrophysiology. In 2013, Dr. Sadek completed an 18-month clinical fellowship in advanced cardiac electrophysiology at the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the Heart Institute in February 2015.

Financial Reporting 2013-2014

Financial Reporting 2013-2014

Guiding Principles

  • We are held accountable for the use of public funds and our financial statements are audited yearly by PriceWaterhouse Coopers.
  • We are transparent to all stakeholders including the Canadian public.
  • We give taxpayers value for money by managing responsibly.