Donation boosts cardiac program

Rotary Club of Oak Bay gives $3,000 to hospitals foundation

Victoria Hospitals Foundation executive director Melanie Mahlman

Victoria Hospitals Foundation executive director Melanie Mahlman

A donation from the Rotary Club of Oak Bay is providing a boost to Vancouver Island’s only cardiac program.

Rotary donated $3,000 to the Victoria Hospitals Foundation to go towards the purchase of a blood pressure monitor for the pacemaker clinic at Royal Jubilee Hospital.

The automatic blood pressure machine takes a patient’s blood pressure at selected intervals, with special features including a heart rate monitor and tingler clip to measure blood oxygen content.

The equipment ensures cardiac patients are closely monitored and allows nurses to continue to perform other duties to support all their patients.

Royal Jubilee Hospital has the only cardiac program on Vancouver Island and it is recognized as a provincial leader for diagnostic tools, treatment capacity as well as the skill and dedication of its heart health team

Specially selected nurses and doctors are highly trained to work with life-saving drugs and advanced equipment. This team provides a complete range of patient care from diagnostics to surgical intervention to rehabilitation.

In a typical year, 40,000 Canadians are hospitalized for heart conditions and the number is increasing steadily. Royal Jubilee Hospital takes care of 3,200 people in the community who require in-hospital cardiac care. As the population ages, the number of people with cardiovascular disease continues to climb, and so does the need for cardiac resources.