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Southlake Cardiac Health Symposium unites Ontario’s top cardiologists

Tuesday June 18, 2024

Community hospitals thrive on strong foundations and robust connections with partner institutions. These bonds not only bolster collective strength but also ensure that patients receive exceptional care, regardless of the hospital they visit.

To reinforce these connections, Southlake Regional Health Centre gathered premier cardiologists from across Ontario to collaborate, network, and solidify relationships at the Southlake Cardiac Health Symposium. This was the first cardiac symposium hosted by Southlake since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Held on May 24 and 25 at the Intercontinental Toronto Centre, the symposium attracted more than 80 leading cardiologists, internists, hospitalists, primary care physicians and healthcare professionals from across the province – some traveling from as far as Muskoka. Partnership was the theme for the two days. Physicians collaborated and learned about contemporary cardiology topics. Southlake also showcased its services as the regional cancer centre.

“As a regional centre, we are deeply committed to uniting our region and partners,” said Dr. Christopher Overgaard, Chief of the Department of Cardiac Health at Southlake. “Our goal was to highlight Southlake’s new therapies and innovative approaches to cardiac care and provide a platform for our partner cardiologists to showcase their remarkable work as well.”

Southlake’s regional cardiac care program is the fourth largest comprehensive heart program in Ontario and offers advanced cardiac care to thousands of patients from York Region to Muskoka. Southlake collaborates closely with other hospitals in the region, including Royal Victoria Hospital, Mackenzie Health, Stevenson Memorial Hospital and Oak Valley Health to ensure patients across the region receive leading edge cardiac care.

“It was fantastic to bring this event back and feature Cardiac experts from across the region,” said Liz Lalingo, Director of the Department of Cardiac Health at Southlake. “Beyond the educational component, it was a chance for physicians and other health professionals to unite and work together under one roof.”

In recent months, Southlake has expanded its cardiac program to better meet the needs of patients and partners. Committed to improving the healthcare system as a true regional partner, Southlake continues to strengthen relationships to ensure partners feel supported. By working collaboratively, Southlake and its partners are dedicated to providing comprehensive care and support for patients.