February 28, 2018

Health Care Foundation Donates Over $87,000 for
New Mechanical Heart

(l-r) Mary O’Brien, Divisional Chief, Critical Care; Dr. Kevin Melvin, Divisional Chief, Cardiac Surgery; Dr. Sean Connors, Clinical Chief, Provincial Cardiac Care Program; Terry White, Heart Transplant Survivor; Paul Gosse, Cardiovascular Perfusion Technologist; Dr. Daniel  Lodge, Cardiac Surgeon; Paul Snow, President and CEO, Health Care Foundation; Sharon Gregory, Division Manager, CVICU and CCU; and Shelley Moores, Development Manager, Health Care Foundation.


St. John’s, NL - In recognition of the end of Heart Month, the Health Care Foundation presented a $87,863.33 cheque today to the Provincial Cardiac Care Program for new mechanical heart technology at the Health Sciences Centre. The funds were raised at the Health Care Foundation’s Row 4 Heart Radiothon.

“Thanks to the outstanding support from the people of this province, we are able to purchase new mechanical heart technology, which will improve the way we care for patients here at home,” said Paul Snow, President and CEO. “Our goal at the Health Care Foundation is to support the programs and services within our hospitals that will help provide the best health care possible- but we could not do this without the incredible support we receive from our donors and supporters.”

The Health Care Foundation partnered with VOCM Cares to host the first annual Row 4 Heart Radiothon on February 13, 2018 at the Avalon Mall. This was not an average radiothon, Row 4 Heart was also a heart pumping rowing challenge. Over 120 rowed and pledged for the event, with hundreds of others donating during to help raise the funds necessary to purchase mechanical heart technology.

Mechanical heart technology is crucial life-saving equipment for cardiac patients. While the program currently has state-of-the art equipment needed for heart surgery, having a mechanical heart will allow them to provide care to those patients requiring a bit more help to recover. A mechanical heart will help provide care to patients who require several days of heart support either before or after their surgery. The device is also very portable, which would help those patients who need support before flying to another province to receive either a heart or lung transplant.

“On average, 1 in 3 people in our province will be impacted by heart disease, so it is important to have the tools necessary to provide the best care possible,” said Dr. Sean Connors, Clinical Chief, Provincial Cardiac Care Program. “I want to thank the Health Care Foundation and everyone who supported the Row 4 Heart for investing in this equipment that will certainly help save lives.”

For more information about the Row 4 Heart or the Health Care Foundation, please visit

About the Health Care Foundation

The Health Care Foundation is committed to raising and stewarding funds for the advancement and enhancement of patient comfort and care, medical equipment, research and education within adult hospitals and facilities serving the St. John’s region. Through its fundraising initiatives, the Health Care Foundation assists Eastern Health in providing health care for the St. John’s region and specialized tertiary health services for the entire province.

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Media contact:
Jackie O’Brien
Senior Manager, Communications and Stewardship
Health Care Foundation
T: (709) 777-5906
C: (709) 743-3127