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

April 23, 2022


Sals Star of the Week:  Rhonda Chobotar

(introduced by Megan O’Brien)

I am very pleased to introduce Rhonda Chobotar as the Sal’s Star of the week.

Rhonda started her nursing career in a small rural hospital as a staff nurse.

In 2008 she continued her education and obtained her ICU certification and began work in ICCS at SBH. Further adding to her diverse skill set, Rhonda practiced as an Ophthalmic Sedation Practitioner for two years at Misericordia Health Centre. The Cath lab was fortunate to have Rhonda join our team in 2015. With her easy-going nature, ability to rapidly adapt to a dynamic environment and providing exceptional care to our patient population she quickly became a highly valued part of the Cath lab team.

Rhonda became CRN in March 2021 in the midst of the pandemic. She has had a tremendous positive impact on the lab in many ways, big and small. From trialing a sticker system to simplify managing inventory, to engaging in working groups to strategize how to better care for our patients; assisting in launching the new software system which integral to the care we provide, to spending countless hours sharing her expertise and mentoring many new staff; from scrubbing for a patient procedure so a staff nurse can get a break to assisting with admitting patients when things get busy.

All of this in her calm and reassuring way. For this, we are very grateful.

NEXT week the Sal’s Star will be based on the “People’s Choice”. Please consider sending in a nomination with a picture.

This Week’s Faculty Publications

John J Graham, Akshay Bagai, Harindra Wijeysundera, Giora Weisz, Stéphane Rinfret, Alexander Dick, Sanjit S Jolly, Erick Schaempert, Samer Mansour, Vladimir Dzavik, Jose P S Henriques, Basem Elbarouni, Minh N Vo, Patrick Teefy, David Goodhart, G B John Mancini, Bradley H Strauss, Christopher E Buller Collagenase to facilitate guidewire crossing in chronic total occlusion PCI-The Total Occlusion Study in Coronary Arteries-5 (TOSCA-5) trial  Randomized Controlled Trial Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2022 Mar;99(4):1065-1073. doi: 10.1002/ccd.30101. Epub 2022 Jan 25.

Rachel Eikelboom, Rakesh C Arora Commentary: The high cost of low output Editorial J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2022 May;163(5):1900-1901. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2020.08.037. Epub 2020 Aug 15.

Thomas Senag, Anu Paul, Thierry Le Tourneau, Imen Fellah-Hebia, Marta Vadori, Salam Bashir, Manuel Galiñanes, Tomaso Bottio, Gino Gerosa, Arturo Evangelista, Luigi P Badano, Alberto Nassi, Cristina Costa, Galli Cesare, Rizwan A Manji, Caroline Cueff de Monchy, Nicolas Piriou, Romain Capoulade, Jean-Michel Serfaty, Guillaume Guimbretière, Etienne Dantan, Alejandro Ruiz-Majoral, Guénola Coste du Fou, Shani Leviatan Ben-Arye, Liana Govani, Sharon Yehuda, Shirley Bachar Abramovitch, Ron Amon, Eliran Moshe Reuven, Yafit Atiya-Nasagi, Hai Yu, Laura Iop, Kelly Casós, Sebastián G Kuguel, Arnau Blasco-Lucas, Eduard Permanyer, Fabrizio Sbraga, Roger Llatjós, Gabriel Moreno-Gonzalez, Melchor Sánchez-Martínez, Michael E Breimer, Jan Holgersson, Susann Teneberg, Marta Pascual-Gilabert, Alfons Nonell-Canals, Yasuhiro Takeuchi, Xi Chen, Rafael Mañez, Jean-Christian Roussel, Jean-Paul Soulillou, Emanuele Cozzi, Vered Padler-Karavani The role of antibody responses against glycans in bioprosthetic heart valve calcification and deterioration  Nat Med. 2022 Feb;28(2):283-294. doi: 10.1038/s41591-022-01682-w. Epub 2022 Feb 17.

I hope you are staying safe and healthy.