Jim Orban shared great news on cardiac surgery which has come a long way since the first heart transplant in Ottawa in 1984 and the recipient lived until he was 65 in 2007. The Ottawa Hospital has made a lot of advancements in cardiac care since 1976 and is the largest cardiac referral centre for 20 local hospitals and across Canada. With 1,400 very skilled staff to manage the 220,000 patients visited last year they completed 2,000 complex bypass surgeries and 30 transplants. They continue to build for excellence with over 500,000 square feet and current construction will have the Heart Institute in one building. The next frontier sees minimally invasive heart surgery and robotics, totally implantable artificial hearts, virtual interactions and more.
Special thanks were given to James Maxwell for suggesting we hold a golf tournament at Tecumseh Golf Course and his friend and sponsor Alan Smith was challenged to bring it together. Kiwanians went to work in September and met the challenge with 110 golfers and additional dinner attendees. We also recognized La-Z-Boy Home Furnishings and Décor, and Groupe Fortin of Tecumseh Golf Course, who were the presenting sponsors of the event. Bottom line was a revenue-make of $25,000. Thank you James Maxwell, David Maxwell, and Pierre Fortin!
We welcomed Matt Burns, Account Executive with new Corporate Member David Burns & Associates, who was sponsored by Alan Smith. Matt joins us along with his brother Ian Burns who was previously introduced to the club by Alan. Welcome to the Club, Matt!
Alan Smith received the rose for his support of our club projects during his 40-year tenure with our club and for continuing to think about Kiwanis and ways for us to raise funds. He has sponsored 7 new members in the past 2 years as he is proud to share Kiwanis with his friends and business associates. Congratulations Alan.