Your first and best source of information about your health is your own primary care provider family doctor, nurse practitioner or your cardiologist.
If you have been referred for Cardiac Surgery and require further information, call the Regional Cardiovascular Triage Nurse at 684-6676.
For general questions about the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, please call the Switchboard at (807) 684-6000.
The burden of cardiovascular disease in the Ontario Health North (OHN) region is extremely high.
Compared to the rest of Ontario, we have:
To significantly improve patient care for the region, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) has been working with the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre at the University Health Network (UHN) to co-develop a cardiovascular surgery (CVS) program at TBRHSC since 2013. TBRHSC and UHN developed and executed the Two Sites, One Program Model for the provision of Cardiac and Vascular Surgical Services.
This partnership will support the successful implementation of a Corridor of Cardiovascular Services, seen as a requirement to implementation of a cardiovascular surgical program in Thunder Bay. The developing TBRHSC program will be guided and mentored by the experienced team at UHN, Canada’s premier cardiac centre with a global impact of improving heart health around the world. Wherever possible, TBRHSC will establish processes based upon those approved and utilized by UHN professionals to ensure consistent quality standards across the two sites.
The partnering process will extend across the various structural levels of the two organizations. From CEOs and administrative leaders, to clinicians and physicians, technical staff and front-line care providers, all participants will share information and skills with a goal of providing high-quality, efficient cardiovascular services. Having cardiac surgery available in Northwestern Ontario can mean the difference between life and death; it’s our time to have life- and limb-saving surgical care here at home.
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TBRHSC created a five year plan to launch a cardiovascular sciences program. The first phase of the plan focused on the implementation of the vascular surgery program, which included the successful implementation of the following
Upon implementing the new CVS program, cardiac and vascular cases will be performed at TBRHSC. The TBRHSC-UHN partnership will make CVS services accessible to Northwestern Ontario residents and enhance Northwestern Ontario’s health system. Northwestern Ontario residents must currently travel outside of Northwestern Ontario to receive cardiovascular surgery.
The implementation of this program will fill acknowledged gaps in the regional care system and provide residents with more timely access to needed, high quality treatment in a more familiar environment that is closer to home. In addition to our current services, once implemented, TBRHSC will also be able to offer:
A travel package including information on travel grants, hospital map and hotel suggestions will be discussed and provided.
Note: Traveling home via commercial flights is the standard process for all patient post cardiac procedure and or surgery.
For further information, call the Regional Cardiovascular Triage Nurse at 684-6676 for visit the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre Health Information page. (https://www.uhn.ca/PMCC/Pages/PMCC_health_information.aspx)