GMS is celebrating Heart Month with a donation of $500,000 to advance cardiac care in Saskatchewan. The donation to the Hospitals of Regina Foundation will be used to make facility improvements and introduce a state-of-the-art digital electrocardiogram (ECG) testing, file management and storage system at the newly-named GMS Cardiac Rhythm Device Clinic, located at Regina’s General Hospital.
"We know that thousands of our community members need access to high quality, specialized cardiac care services, and that need is growing" says David Blodgett, President and CEO, GMS. "We are thrilled to be part of this innovative clinic with our gift."
The GMS Cardiac Rhythm Device Clinic monitors and assesses patients who depend on pacemakers to regulate their heart rates or implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs) to provide life-saving shocks to ensure a patient’s heart remains in a normal rhythm. The clinic has over 4,500 active patients and yearly numbers are increasing. The GMS donation will support expanding facility space to serve more patients in less time and will fund the purchase of a digital ECG testing, file management and storage system that will give doctors instant access to accurate, current patient ECG records, enabling faster, more informed treatment decisions, critical in emergency situations. “Our donation will not only accelerate the delivery of care, but also save lives,” Blodgett said.
Judy Davis, Hospitals of Regina Foundation; Keith Dewar, Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region; David Blodgett, Group Medical Services; Dr. Omar Sultan, GMS Cardiac Rhythm Device Clinic