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October 31, 2006

I.H. Asper Clinical Research Institute to House State-of-the-Art Cardiac Surgery Facility

Surgeries to be consolidated in existing space in early 2007

The surgical portion of the Cardiac Sciences Program of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority will be housed on several floors of the I.H. Asper Clinical Research Institute at St. Boniface General Hospital, Dr. Brian Postl, President and CEO of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and Dr. Michel Tetréault. President and CEO of St. Boniface General Hospital announced today.

"This is the final major step towards completing all the recommendations of The Koshal Report," Dr. Postl said. "Once construction is completed this new state-of-the-art facility will result in more seamless and better integrated patient care."

Dr. Tetréault said the decision to locate cardiac surgery in the I.H. Asper Clinical Research Institute made the most sense from the hospital's perspective, "This 100,000 sq. foot state of the art facility is physically linked to the hospital and was intended to facilitate the integration of patient care and research. Consolidating the surgery inpatient and outpatient units and clinics in this facility clearly was the best option."

Thirty million dollars in funding for the project was announced by the province in early March.

"When we received the Koshal Report, we committed to implementing its recommendations," Health Minister Theresa Oswald said.  "The province's financial commitment is making this project a reality and that's great news for the citizens of Manitoba."
 
Stuart Murray, President & CEO of the St. Boniface Hospital & Research Foundation, noted the announcement couldn't have been made without generous support from the community. "This is an exciting step forward in St. Boniface's vision to create the top cardiac centre in Canada and was made possible through the incredible support Manitobans gave to the HeartCare Campaign." Murray added, "Through the combination of the I.H. Asper Clinical Research Institute and the Bergen Cardiac Care Centre we're creating something truly special for the patients we serve."

Dr. Alan Menkis, Medical Director of the Cardiac Sciences Program said he expects all cardiac surgeries will start being performed at St. Boniface by early 2007, two years before the scheduled completion of construction.

"Consolidating the surgeries here is the next logical step," Dr. Menkis said, adding it will enable the surgeons to work more closely with each other as well as other members of the cardiac team, in anticipation of the opening of the new facility in 2009.

Once completed, the new facility will include:

  • A 15-bed cardiac intensive care unit;
  • A 32-bed cardiac surgery in-patient unit;
  • Several outpatient and inpatient clinics and
  • A number of medical offices for the surgeons.

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