Today’s cardiovascular health services take place in a complex and fast-changing medical and technological environment. A well-informed public places high expectations on health care providers. At the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, collaboration and group practice are the foundation of our work. It takes a team to do what we do.
Our staff work closely together in delivering the highest quality cardiac care. This dedicated focus encompasses families as an integral component of patients’ health care. Multidisciplinary teams, whose members are experts in their field and at the forefront of medical and technical advances, carry out specialized care, teaching and research.
We are a unique facility that combines the major clinical functions of cardiology, cardiac surgery, anesthesiology, and myocardial imaging and radiology and integrates them functionally and administratively to provide a suite of comprehensive services under one roof.
We recognize that the best patient care is not feasible if it is not supported with vibrant research and education. Today’s research is tomorrow’s treatment. This is a reflection of the natural flow of knowledge from “bench to bedside,” from scientific discovery to new forms of treatment. Without research and education, our quality of care could not be maintained.
One of the defining aspects of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute is the degree to which care, education, and research are increasingly integrated. Describing these domains as “pillars” of activity ignores the significant degree of fusion taking place today. Our staff includes surgeons who teach and conduct research, cardiologists who undertake basic science, and nurses and other professional who span clinical and research activities.
Everyone at the Heart Institute is passionate about curbing and eradicating heart disease. To put our passion into practice, we are committed to the following principles:
- Patients come first
We provide outstanding personal and dedicated cardiac care to everyone who needs it. We measure success by our ability to respond to the needs of patients, families, and the communities we serve.
- Inspiration is key
We recognize and rely upon the power of innovation and scientific discovery to make a difference in the lives of people and their communities.
- Collaboration is critical
The staff works together as a team based on mutual trust and respect. We exchange ideas, information, and experiences as part of a dynamic group practice in possession of diverse complementary skills and knowledge that drive combined action.
- Build knowledge networks
We seek and maintain alliances with other health facilities, research institutions, universities, industry, government, and the private sector to better serve our patients and to advance all aspects of health care.
- Drive to succeed
We set and live up to the highest standards, while we embrace change as an opportunity to do better.