By Dr. Ross Feldman,
Medical Lead,
Cardiac Sciences Manitoba

October 27, 2021


Sals Star of the Week:  Laurie Gallagher  (introduced by Megan O’Brien)

This week’s  Sals Star is Laurie Gallagher, Clinical Educator for Heart Cath Lab and Y2 Specialty Care

Laurie joined SBH in 2002 – 2004 in the Emergency. She went on to work in a variety of settings including the Adult ICU and the Manager, Quality and Patient Safety at HSC and Clinical Instructor for Red River College. She returned to SBH in 2010 as a RN in Y2 pre & post. She has had extensive experience in Y2 including pacer implant and EP labs. In late August this year, Laurie began her role as Educator for Y2 and the Heart Cath lab which had been vacant for over a year.

Laurie dove into this position with enthusiasm. She immediately started to learn all she needed to help prepare us for Accreditation. She then oriented into the cath lab for a week to get to know the area to assist in onboarding the many new staff there. Laurie has been able to use her time in cath lab, expertise in the EP/pacer labs and background in quality to compare and recognize insights into some opportunities to improve processes in the three areas. She now has started to support staff in implementing these positive changes. We look forward to what lies ahead.


Congratulations to Clarence Khoo and his wife, Katie, on the arrival of their new baby girl, Camilla.  She was born on Saturday, October 16th weighing 4lb 7oz, 17.5 inches.

Big shout out to Rachel Eikelboom  for winning FIRST PRIZE at the Bayer Cardiovascular Award Competition at  last week’s CCCongress!

This week is Canadian Patient Safety Week: October 25-29, 2021

This year Shared Health’s Quality and Learning Team is highlighting the theme of patient partnerships and collaborating with Manitoba Service Delivery Organizations (SDOs). For additional information and ways to participate, please visit:

  • Shared Health, Quality and Learning

  • Healthcare Excellence Canada

Patient Safety Week Events for Healthcare Providers, Sponsored by Shared Health:

  • Webinar – How engaging patients improves care and helps us make the health system safer
    Thursday, October 28, 2021 from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Click here for more information and registration details.
  • Internal Medicine Grand Rounds – Engaging Patients to Improve Health Outcomes: Research on Sepsis Involving Patient Partners
    Tuesday, October 26, 2021 from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Click here for more information.

This Week’s Faculty Publications

Hellmuth R Muller Moran, Rakesh C Arora  Commentary: Peripheral cannulation for postcardiotomy extracorporeal life support: An important piece of a much larger puzzle  J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2021 Oct 7;S0022-5223(21)01416-1. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2021.10.003.

Fadi Hage, Ali Hage, Francois Dagenais, Andreanne Cartier, Maral Ouzounian, Jennifer Chung, Ismail El-Hamamsy, Vincent Chauvette, Mark D Peterson, Kevin Lachapelle, Khalid Ridwan, Munir Boodhwani, Ming Guo, John Bozinovski, Michael C Moon, Abigail White, Michael YamashitaCarly Lodewyks, Rony Atoui, Darrin Payne, Michael W A Chu, Canadian Thoracic Aortic Collaborative  Does adding an aortic root replacement or sinus repair during arch repair increase postoperative mortality? Evidence from the Canadian Thoracic Aortic Collaborative Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2021 Sep 11;60(3):623-630. doi: 10.1093/ejcts/ezab125.

I hope you are staying safe and healthy.