Message from Our Leaders
It is with great pride that we are reporting on another highly successful year for the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, marked by significant milestones that will fuel the years to come as we prepare to officially take possession of our new, state-of-the-art expansion next Spring.
From the introduction of new, innovative technologies, such as the launch and success of myOttawaHeart, our new online patient portal, to the establishment of pioneering programs, such as the “prehab” program to get patients healthier before they undergo cardiac surgery, and the ongoing recruitment of truly talented health professionals and researchers providing outstanding patient care and inventive research, the last year has undoubtedly contributed to our growth both locally, and internationally.
This last year also marked the Institute’s 40th anniversary. Our team has built a unique and ingenious model that exists nowhere else. Our success story does not only lie in the integrated model of governance we have put in place, but also in the fully integrated relationship connecting care, research, and education. The cost-effectiveness and lean structure of our organization, the blend in new models of care such as our heart teams, the large number of patients interested in contributing to our accomplished research enterprise, and our capacity to cultivate philanthropy are hallmarks of our model. It is also motivated by the remarkable legacy we have built over time.
We hope that our 2016-17 annual report will make you proud to be part of the Heart Institute’s family, and that it will instigate in you the thirst to support us in our future endeavours. Together, we will achieve new heights and build a next generation Heart Institute.
Thierry Mesana, MD, PhD, FRCS(C)
President and CEO
Chair, Board of Directors