Radio for Cardiology Campaign

KICX 106 and 104.1 The DOCK have pledged $500,000 to support the purchase of a cardiac catheterization lab to be installed at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre. Currently, the closest care is in Newmarket, which is outside the 90 minute gold standard for treatment for many Simcoe Muskoka residents. To reach our goal, we need your help.

The gold standard of cardiac care means receiving treatment in a cardiac catheterization lab (cath lab) within 90 minutes of having a heart attack. The closest cath lab in our region is at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket. Unfortunately, this means most Simcoe Muskoka residents live outside this critical window of opportunity. In fact, Simcoe Muskoka is the only region in the province without advanced cardiac services. As a result, every year more than 3,500 heart patients must travel to centres outside the region for lifesaving cardiac care.

We can do something about it!

By installing a cardiac cath lab at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, most Simcoe Muskoka residents will have access to lifesaving cardiac care within the critical time period. This will save lives and offer treatment closer to home. LCI will help equip a cardiac catheterization lab as part of a future advanced cardiac care program at RVH.

The equipment in a cardiac catheterization lab allows for advanced cardiac diagnostics and interventions such as coronary angiogram and angioplasty, giving patients access to faster treatment, a shorter hospital stay and less travel time.