Expanding Cardiac Care in North Simcoe and Muskoka
New Program Will Provide Faster Access to Enhanced Care
Ontario has given its support to a proposal to bring advanced cardiac care services to patients in North Simcoe and Muskoka.
Premier Kathleen Wynne made the announcement today at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) in Barrie. Under the proposal, RVH will partner with Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket to offer advanced cardiac care services at both hospitals. This will give patients in the northern part of Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka faster access to services that can save the lives of people with heart disease. The proposal will also enhance care by allowing cardiologists to work at both hospitals, which improves flexibility in coverage and provides more opportunities for skills development.
In February, Ontario launched the next phase in transforming the health care system through its Patients First Action Plan. Expanding cardiac care services in North Simcoe and Muskoka will help achieve one of the plan's four key objectives: providing faster access to the right care.
Improving access to advanced health care services is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
- Southlake Regional Health Centre runs the third-largest advanced cardiac care program in Ontario.
- RVH opened a Cardiac Care Unit in 2012 as part of an expansion project that doubled its size. It is now proposing to expand into advanced cardiac care: catheterization (angiograms) to diagnose heart disease and percutaneous coronary intervention (angioplasties) to treat it.
- The two hospitals forecast that by the third year of this program — the first to offer advanced cardiac care services in the North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network — RVH would perform 2,500 angiograms and 825 angioplasties.
“Our government is working to ensure that people across Ontario have access to high-quality health care. We are pleased to support this proposal to bring advanced heart care to North Simcoe and Muskoka, providing crucial treatment for patients when and where they need it most.”
“This announcement is an exciting milestone in the delivery of cardiac services for the people of North Simcoe and Muskoka. I look forward to continuing to work with all of our local health care partners to ensure that patients get the highest quality of care, closer to home.”