Message from President and CEO

Jim PhotoAs President and CEO of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation, I could not be more grateful to this community and the tremendous support it provides the Heart Institute.

In 2013, we launched the “Bringing the Future Closer” fundraising campaign. As we enter the last year of the campaign, and final phase of construction, we can take immense pride at what has been achieved together.

The generous support of our donor community helped the Ottawa Heart Institute pay its share of construction of the Critical Care Tower (open April 2018) and purchase $43M in highly specialized cardiac equipment, including a Cardiac MRI and the da Vinci Surgical System.

We now have the capacity to reduce wait times for cardiac procedures and retain and recruit the best and brightest medical teams and research scientists. This expansion will allow the Heart Institute to address patient care for the long term, treating more patients with an increased focus on specialized cardiac needs.

Our community donated $4M to launch the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Center, which is now recognized internationally as an advocate and leader in women’s heart health. Another $4M has been donated for groundbreaking research.

We asked you to help, and you did, bringing the future of exceptional cardiac care to this community ensuring that the Heart Institute will remain true to the legacy of its founder, Dr. Wilbert Keon.

Jim Orban
Jim Orban
President & CEO University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation

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