News Release

May 27, 2014


Cardiac Catheterization Labs Named in Recognition of Major Contribution

St. John’s – Members of the Health Care Foundation (HCF) and Eastern Health today in a ceremony named two revitalized catheterization suites at the Health Sciences Centre in recognition of tremendous support from Vale and the Resource Development Trades Council (RDTC).

“These two organizations have been leading the way in terms of support for cardiac care in our province,” said Debbie Patten, Chair, HCF Board of Directors. “Their contribution is in excess of $1.65 million. Not only are they leaders in cardiac care support, but they are setting an incredible example for businesses. An example that helps grow and strengthen our community.”

Dr. Sean Connors, division head of the cardiac care program, thanked the RDTC and Vale and said that the revitalized suites have done a lot for cardiac health in Newfoundland and Labrador.

“This province has the highest rate of cardiac risk factors in the country and the number of patients we see each year is quite high,” Dr. Connors said. “These new labs are equipped with state of the art technology which has several benefits including a dramatic decrease in wait times.”

“It is our privilege to be part of this very important initiative which we know will tremendously benefit all the residents of Newfoundland and Labrador,” said David Wade, Executive Director of the RDTC. “Our officers and members are pleased to have our names affixed to one of the suites.”

 “We are pleased to see that our contribution has resulted in equipping the province with a first class facility - one that will assist the cardiac care team at the Health Sciences Centre deliver critical services to those in need,” said Dr. Jeff McLaughlin, Vice President, Vale Newfoundland and Labrador.  

The Health Care Foundation is the fundraising organization for the 5 adult hospitals in the St. John’s region which include: the General Hospital (Health Sciences Centre), St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital, the Waterford Hospital, the Dr. L.A. Miller Centre and the Dr. Walter Templeman Health Care Centre. During its 2012/13 fiscal year, the HCF transferred more than $3.1 million to Eastern Health. The Foundation’s fundraising efforts support medical equipment, research, education and patient comfort in care items.


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