Deal Struck Between Eastern Health, University of Ottawa Heart Institute to Address Surgery Backlog

The provincial government, through Eastern Health, has struck a deal with the University of Ottawa Heart Institute to reduce the waitlist for cardiac surgeries in the province.

The announcement was made Thursday by Premier Andrew Furey, who was joined by the University of Ottawa Heart Institute’s CEO, Dr. Thierry Mesana, and Dr. Marc Ruel, Chair of Cardiac Research at the institute.

Dr. Marc Ruel

The MOU is being described as a temporary, short term-strategy will address the current waitlist, which now stands at about 150, which the province says was only made worse by COVID-19 and the recent cyberattack.

This deal also creates a partnership between Eastern Health and the heart institute that’s expected to complement the work of Eastern Health surgeons, and support patient care by providing access to procedures and treatments not currently done in the province.

The MOU calls for heart institute surgeons to operate here, as well as see some patients from this province travel to Ottawa for treatment. Teams here and in Ottawa will also work together, either virtually or in person.

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A news conference is scheduled for today to address cardiac surgery waitlists in the province.

Premier Andrew Furey and Health Minister John Haggie will be joined by Eastern Health CEO David Diamond, Clinical Chief of Cardiac Care Dr. Sean Connors, President and CEO of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Dr. Thierry Mesana and Dr. Marc Ruel, Endowed Chair of Research in the Division of Cardiac Surgery at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.

The news conference is scheduled for 12:30 in the main lobby of Confederation Building. VOCM News will be there.

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