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Welcome. The Ottawa Heart Institute Patient Alumni was established in 1989. Since then, more than 8,000 former patients and their families have maintained an association with the Heart Institute through the Alumni.

In 2016, in light of expanded focus on patient engagement across the health care system, and of the recently launched UOHI Strategic Plan, Stronger Together, the Patient Alumni is in the midst of realigning its activities and resources to better reflect this change in landscape.

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Patient Beds 2003, 2004


Annually for Heart Health Education Centre


STEMI Cooling Blankets 2010


H4 Patient Telemetry System 2011

Fill your head with information about your heart.

Providing relevant information to heart patients.

New & Events

Special Friend of the Patient Alumni

In 2013 the Patient Alumni introduced an ad hoc award to recognize and thank an individual from within the Heart Institute or the HI Foundation who has been exceptional in supporting the Patient Alumni to achieve its objectives.

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The Patient Alumni Volunteer Award

For a number of years the Ottawa Heart Institute Patient Alumni has annually recognized an outstanding Patient Alumni volunteer who has generously devoted time and demonstrated commitment to the Patient Alumni.

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Mary Clinckett Award

In 1999, the Ottawa Heart Institute Patient Alumni Board of Directors established an annual award to recognize exceptional contributions by Heart Institute nursing, administrative, or support personnel.

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Diet & Nutrition

Fitness & Wellness

Member Stories

Lynn Ashdown

July 2, 2016 Hello, My name is Lynn Ashdown and I am about to be discharged from a 4 week admission at the Heart Institute. I received funding support from the Patient Alumni to cover the rental of a piece of equipment I will need for 1 month. The equipment was not...

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Victoria E Mosonyi

Feb 15, 2016 My name is Victoria Mosonyi, 65 and I had a massive heart attack January 26 /2016. Thanks to the staff of doctors and nurses and their dedication I am alive and have a second chance to my life . Meanwhile the cost of my new medications were out of...

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The Five-Boro Ride

The Five-Boro Ride, New York City, May 2015 By Stephen Sharp, CPA, CA, Board Member and Treasurer of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Alumni I have been meaning to write this article since we returned from our memorable bicycle ride in New York City.  Today, I...

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A Simple Solution for a Complex Problem

By: Carolyn Cooper  RN, MScN, BA Crim, BA RLST, CD Clinical Nurse Manager I represent the Ottawa Heart Institute on the Board of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Patient Alumni. In this capacity, I am privileged to see first hand the difference the Patient...

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Towards a Healthier Lifestyle: One Step at a Time

A First Person Story By John Herzog Each time the respected professionals at the Heart Institute reminded me to walk at least half an hour a day, I committed to do so. Much to my embarrassment, the resolve evaporated, usually within weeks. There was always a good...

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Joseph Lunn

Greetings and Salutations; My name is Joseph Lunn but you can call me Joe. I was asked if I could, to write down something that would describe my experience here at the Heart Institute. Well the first thing that pops into my head is, have you ever watched MASH, the...

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Diane Burton

WOMAN WITH HEART DISEASE, AGE 55, OTTAWA, ON My name is Diane Burton, I’m 55 years old and I have heart disease. I was not at risk of a heart attack; after all I was only 54 years old. My husband’s father passed away at the age of 52 with a massive heart...

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Lannie Mitchell

HEART KEEPER, AGE 65, OTTAWA, ON Hello, my name is Lannie Mitchell. I am 65 years old. The issue that most affects my heart health is my weight. I have had a constant struggle with being overweight for the past 40 years. Although I’m never sick, and I do...

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