Cardiac Care at RVH Game Changer for Region

Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie Cuts The Ribbon To The Future of Cardiac Care

Premier Kathleen Wynne was a part of a special ribbon cutting ceremony at the Barrie Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre’s state-of-the-art Cardiac Intervention Unit on Wednesday January 17th.

“No matter where you live in Ontario, if you or a loved one suffers from a heart attack you want access to care as soon as possible. We know the first 90 minutes are critical. That’s why we are supporting the new Simcoe Muskoka Regional Heart Program at RVH. Simply put, it will give patients in Barrie and across North Simcoe Muskoka a better chance not only at surviving, but getting back on their feet and back home to their family and friends.”
— Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario

Advanced cardiac care is now available to people who suffer from a heart attack in the North Simcoe Muskoka region, and for some, having treatment available at Barrie’s regional facility could mean the difference between life and death.

Collingwood residents will benefit greatly from having this kind of care in closer to home, in Simcoe County, rather than having to drive or be taken to South Lake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket or to a hospital in Toronto for emergency treatment or tests.

“Ensuring the right care is available closer to home can make a big difference for people with heart disease. The new Cardiac Intervention Unit at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre is an exciting step forward to improve access to care for people living in North Simcoe Muskoka.”
— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

The new Barrie unit is part of the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Heart Program with Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, which runs one of the largest advanced cardiac service hospitals in Ontario.

The new RVH unit will give the vast majority of people across our region access to treatment for a heart attack within the first crucial 90 minutes.
Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre President and CEO Janice Skott said having this new facility up and running in Simcoe County is a game changer.

“When it comes to the heart, time is muscle. Having advanced cardiac services available closer to home will not only be a game changer for heart patients in our region, it will be a lifesaver.”

Levels of care being phased in over the next five years

RVH’s Cardiac Intervention Unit started providing diagnostic heart procedures on January 9th. More advanced heart procedures will start in September. Over the next five years, the unit will ramp up with a full range of cardiac services for patients, including heart procedures, diagnostic tests, inpatient care, intensive care, rehabilitation and an urgent cardiology clinic.

Dr. Mark Kotowycz, RVH medical director, Interventional Cardiology said that until now, North Simcoe Muskoka was the only region in the province without an advanced cardiac centre. This meant 3,600 heart patients travelled to centres outside the region for heart procedures every year.

Dr. Kotowycz said the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Heart Program will give patients access to faster treatment, a shorter hospital stay and less travel time.

“In 2020 the heart program will operate 24/7 and paramedics will begin transporting North Simcoe Muskoka heart attack patients directly to RVH for treatment, bypassing other local emergency departments.”

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