Congratulations to Dr. Della Siega, Dr. Ofiesh, and the entire Cardiac team on 3NW at Royal Jubilee Hospital on receiving another Caring Spirit award! A grateful patient made another donation in their honour in tribute to her experience in their care many years ago. Her generosity will directly help to continue and improve patient care in Cardiac Health. Thank you.

The Royal Jubilee Hospital is the referral centre for cardiac care for all of Vancouver Island. Patients from throughout the region count on the hospital for its diagnostic tools, treatment capacity, and the skill and dedication of the Heart Health team. Of the 3,268 cardiac cases a year that require hospitalization during diagnosis and treatment, more than half are transferred from outside Greater Victoria.

Nurses and doctors selected for the Heart Health team require extensive training to work with special lifesaving drugs and equipment for fragile patients. A Clinical Teaching Unit provides a forum for caregivers with diverse expertise to share their skills and knowledge.

In the Diagnostic and Treatment Centre, patients are diagnosed with cardiovascular disease and abnormal heart rhythm, and receive vital medical interventions such as open-heart surgery, angioplasty and implanting pacemakers. After their procedures they are transferred from to the Heart Health Unit via a private overhead skywalk to our world class in-patient hospital: the Patient Care Centre. Every patient bed is equipped with vital signs monitors that allow our medical professionals to make immediate assessments right at every patient’s bedside — and wireless communication devices alert them when a patient’s vital signs change. Here patients receive state-of-the-art cardiac care and rehabilitation to regain their strength, endurance and confidence so they can embark on a new, heart-healthy life.

Because of the medical equipment available today, our dedicated cardiac team is able to save lives they may not have been able to save just years ago. Improvements in diagnosis, treatment and lifestyle have reduced the mortality rate from heart disease, but it is still the leading cause of death in Canada.

With an aging population and the number of people with cardiovascular disease climbing, so is the need for cardiac resources. We must ensure that we not only sustain, but advance Cardiac Care at our hospital with innovative technology and specialized training.

The Victoria Hospitals Foundation would like to thank the Caring Spirit donor for her generous gift and congratulate the Cardiac Health team on 3NW as well as Drs. Della Siega and Ofiesh on the well-earned distinction! Service like theirs immeasurably improves quality of life for patients on Vancouver Island.

HOW TO NAME A CARING SPIRIT AND SUPPORT YOUR HOSPITAL

The Caring Spirit program gives grateful patients and their loved ones the opportunity to pay tribute to doctors, nurses and other hospital caregivers by making a donation of any amount in their name. Please remember to tell us your Caring Spirit’s first and last name and which hospital and department they work in.

  • Click Donate Now
  • Call 250-519-1750
  • Stop by the hospital cashier
  • Visit us or send us cheque. Here’s our contact information

Caregivers are so touched when they are named as Caring Spirits. They will receive recognition from their supervisors and peers, a special Caring Spirit pin and a letter of congratulations that doesn’t disclose the amount of your gift.

HOW DOES YOUR DONATION HELP?

Your gift will be used for priority medical equipment that improves care for other patients. Caring Spirit has funded hundreds of important pieces of medical equipment throughout Royal Jubilee and Victoria General hospitals. It’s a wonderful way to support our hospitals and recognize excellent care. Read about all our latest Caring Spirits!