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Foundation CONNECTION Special Edition - Newsletter of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation

April 22, 2020

Jim Orban

Thank you for taking the time to read this special edition of our Foundation Connection Newsletter. We hope this finds you and your loved ones in good health and staying safe.

The words that we read and hear every day now; “unprecedented, dramatic, worrisome, exceptional, challenging, uncertain,” all apply equally to what we are experiencing together as a community. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed everything in the world around us and makes the things that we are grateful for even more important.

At the UOHI Foundation, our admiration runs deep for our Heart Institute colleagues, the dedicated health care workers: nurses, doctors, support and cleaning staff, for their tireless work. They are doing an outstanding job, continuing to care for our patients both on-site at the institute and through our remote programs in homes across the region.

Our ability to do this is made possible because of YOU, our donor family! Cardiac Home Telehealth, which includes automated reminders, and Telehome Monitoring for both post-surgery follow-up and monitoring patients on a waitlist, was developed and continues to be supported by donations to the Heart Institute Foundation. Living in a digital age gives us the ability to adapt how we interact and use new technology and equipment for these programs and they continue to expand. During a time of physical distancing and social isolation, these programs are critically important for cardiac patients. Your support allows us to continue to take care of our patients and keep them safe.

Donations are also used for research and the recently approved COVID-19 bedside test kit from Spartan BioScience began its journey at the Heart Institute under the leadership of Dr. Derek So. We’ve included the bench to bedside story of this amazing test kit in this newsletter.

Our At Home Wellness feature will highlight some of the patient resources from the team in Prevention and Wellness. In this issue, we are also including links to questions you may have regarding appointments, medications and managing chronic conditions.

This past February, our community took up the challenge to “paint the town red” and the results were spectacular. More than $822,000 was raised for the Heart Institute through matched donations, the sale of paper hearts, and a variety of community events. Donations continued throughout March as our generous corporate partners extended their match for each gift. Thank you everyone!

This week is National Volunteer Week and the Foundation has an amazing team of volunteers who work in our office and help at our special events. In addition to our volunteer team, there are hundreds of volunteers in the community who give their time and talent to raise money for the Heart Institute. We miss all of you and look forward to the time we connect again, thank you for all that you do for us.

Please keep an eye on your inbox for more upcoming digital editions of Foundation Connections. We plan to return to our magazine format in the fall, but for now we want to stay in touch and let you know we are thinking of you.

Jim Signature

We deeply appreciate your thoughtful contributions to the Heart Institute Foundation during the COVID-19 crisis. If you would like to make a donation to support ongoing research and virtual patient programs like Cardiac Home TeleMonitoring, you can donate securely online at anytime at


Spartan Cube

BENCH-TO-BEDSIDE: How a University of Ottawa Heart Institute device designed for heart patients will protect healthcare workers with fast efficient testing for COVID-19

This game-changing piece of innovative technology began at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.

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At home welness

This week: Frequently asked Questions

With COVID-19 evolving daily, the Prevention and Wellness Team at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation have compiled a list of resources to help keep you informed and stay active and healthy during this difficult time.

Click below to see some of the questions we have received from patients and caregivers.

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Heart Month

Pictured above (L-R) Dr. Thierry Mesana, UOHI, President and CEO, Dr. Peter Liu, 2020 Heart Month Ambassador, UOHI Chief Scientific Officer and Vice President of Research, Barbara Farber, Co-Chair UOHI Capital Campaign and Chair, UOHIF Board, Lawrence Soloway, Co-Chair UOHI Capital Campaign, Jim Orban, UOHIF President and CEO.

February is Heart Month

Together, University of Ottawa Heart Institute supporters raised over $822,490 during February is Heart Month 2020! We couldn’t have done it without individuals and businesses in Ottawa and surrounding areas. Your generosity will directly enhance cardiac care in our community today and for years to come.


We want YOU to join in on the fun with us!

For the first time ever, the organizers of Ottawa’s largest running festival, Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend, have announced they are going VIRTUAL! All participants will have the opportunity to complete and celebrate their efforts - whether you register for the 2 km, 5 km, 10 km, half marathon, or marathon, you will be a part of Canada’s biggest running event.

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Ottawa's Chinese community delivers

In the picture above, Bonnie Bowes (left) and Marilyn Kendall (middle) pose with generous donors who dropped off boxes of medical goggles, gowns, face shields and masks to the Heart Institute this week. Thank you!

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