The official opening of the new Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) Cardiodiagnostic Centre was a great success as members from the Leon Judah Blackmore Foundation, VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation and VCH-Vancouver's cardiac care community gathered to honour the impact that Leon Judah Blackmore has made on health care in B.C.
“Leon was always critical about every dollar — how it's spent, where it went and what impact it was having," says Nicola Brailsford, CEO and trustee of the Leon Judah Blackmore Foundation. “This is a place where we can see the impact. Every type of person is benefitting from this. There's no preference, and that was very important to Leon."
The new centre, planned through the tireless of efforts of VCH physicians and staff, will reduce wait times for cardiac testing and related services and enhance the overall patient journey. For those with mobility issues, the centre's new ground floor location in the Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre is easy to access and conveniently close to a lab.
“It is literally true that hearts are beating better because of Leon," says Barbara Grantham, president and CEO of our VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation.
A Holocaust survivor, Leon fled to Poland at a young age with nothing but a few dollars to his name. This experience built the moral foundation for Leon, giving him an appreciation of life and for community. It also drove him to success as a quiet, yet significant presence in Vancouver's real estate business.
At the age of 81, when Leon passed, his love of life carried on with a major gift of $18.4 million towards our VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation, of which $5 million was used to build the VGH Cardiodiagnostic Centre.
Caption: VGH Cardiodiagnostic Centre working group (l to r): Sean Freeze, Indy Diocee, Margot Williams, Bruce Hartnett, Linda Wong, Sheetal Dutta, Jennifer Li and Glenn Wong.
The centre's services, all previously located on the ninth floor of the Diamond Health Care Centre, include:
Holter monitor testing
Exercise tolerance (stress) testing
Blood pressure monitoring
Follow-up treatment and assessment for patients with pacemakers, implanted cardiac defibrillators (ICDs) and cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) devices and loop recorders.
Opening hours and contact numbers for all services remain the same.