Celebrating Rumsey Cardiac Centre Revitalization

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Over the past 50 years, Toronto Rehab’s Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Program has grown and evolved to become the largest of its kind in North America, delivering outpatient rehabilitation and lifestyle education programs for patients with a history of heart failure, diabetes, stroke and breast cancer.

To provide an innovative space for respite and learning, the Rumsey Cardiac Centre lobby was recently revitalized in response to present-day patient requirements and evolving healthcare practices.

On July 16, 2019 we celebrated the transformation of the lobby with representatives of our philanthropic partners who made it possible through their support of the $100-million Where Incredible Happens campaign: Nelson Arthur Hyland Foundation, Canada Life and the On Track to Cardiac Recovery fundraising walk. Many of the supporters were graduates of the program who want to see it continue to thrive while improving comfort, privacy and accessibility for over 2,200 patients who use the facility every year.

“As we have grown in stature and renown, it was only fitting that our facilities should reflect our pre-eminent position in the world of cardiac rehabilitation,” said Dr. Paul Oh, Medical Director of the TRI-UHN Cardiac Rehabilitation & Prevention Program.

“Our staff and patients are deeply indebted to our three benefactors for helping us take this big step in physically revitalizing our facilities for improved patient care.”

The new space was designed by award-winning Toronto-based interior designer Dvira Ovadia who specializes in health-care facilities. It fully embraces the key role of patient learning with auditorium-style seating that can accommodate up to 50 patients, plus:

  • Comfortable, bright and inviting d├ęcor
  • State-of-the-art technology including TV’s, Wi-Fi, iPads and digital whiteboards to facilitate meetings and information sessions
  • Expanded welcome desk to provide a better greeting space for visitors
  • Computer workstation for patients
  • A dedicated waiting room for the labs and pre-appointment area to fill out and complete questionnaires
  • Additional spaces to house educational resources, booklets and pamphlets
Thank you to our partners who have enabled us to create an inspiring and welcoming space for patients to help energize recovery while accommodating future growth for the program.

In photo cutting the cake at the celebration of the revitalized lobby were (left-right): Jim Chestnutt , Chair of On Track to Cardiac Recovery; Krista Scaldwell, VP, Corporate Communications, Canada Life; and Ross Durant, Director of the Nelson Arthur Hyland Foundation