Cardiac Care

Cardiac Rhythm Device Clinic

Group Medical Services (GMS) opened their hearts by giving $500,000 to help mend hearts across southern Saskatchewan. Thanks to their donation, the Pacemaker Clinic, now called the GMS Cardiac Rhythm Device Clinic, at the Regina General Hospital, underwent an expansion. The newly upgraded clinic will allow for facility improvements and the introduction of a digital electrocardiogram (ECG) testing, file management and storage system to better serve patients who require specialized cardiac care services.

Dr. Omar Sultan, (pictured with David Blogett, GMS), Medical Director of the Electrophysiology Lab and GMS Cardiac Rhythm Device Clinic, says the new ECG testing system will mean more accurate heart monitoring for patients with pacemakers and implantable cardiac defibrillators as well as instant and reliable access to vital patient information for doctors.

“The new digital ECG testing system will give doctors instant access to the most recent patient monitoring reports at the click of a button from anywhere in the hospital. In emergency situations when seconds count, this can save lives,” says Dr. Sultan.

The Clinic monitors and tracks heart rates of 5000 patients across southern Saskatchewan and each year another 550 patients receive heart device implants. With patients ranging in age from two years old to 102-years-old, investing in innovative technology will benefit patients for decades.

Over the past 10 years, GMS has donated approximately $1.5 million to healthcare initiatives. GMS has been a trusted Saskatchewan-based, not-for-profit provider of health insurance products since 1949. They are committed to supporting healthcare initiatives across Saskatchewan and make good corporate citizenship a top priority. 

“We know that thousands of our community members need access to high quality, specialized cardiac care services, and that need is growing,” says David Blodgett, President and CEO, GMS. We’re thrilled to be part of this innovative clinic with this gift. 

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