The building that once housed the Le Sieur de Laviolette restaurant, on boul. Gene-H.-Kruger has been completely transformed to house the Center cardiovascular de la Mauricie.
This project is the initiative of Dr Ying Tung Sia, a cardiologist from Trois-Rivières who is very involved in the community. Starting this week, 13 cardiologists will welcome patients there. It is estimated that 17 cardiologists are expected to work there by 2022.
Fifteen offices and examination rooms have been set up in the 10,000 square foot building. A 2,500 square foot room is also available for rent for a medical clinic or health professionals.
“Space was becoming limited in the old clinic. This is one of the reasons why we came here. We will be able to see between 200 and 250 patients every day, ”says Dr Sia.
It was the accessibility of the diagnostic test that was the problem. The tests were to be done at the hospital. From now on, patients will be able to meet their cardiologist, take the necessary test in another room and come back to sit with the cardiologist and then direct him to the right department for the next step.
In addition to offering an assessment service in order to identify people at risk of cardiovascular disease, the center will actively participate in clinical research.
“More than 20% of the population of the Mauricie and Center-du-Québec are affected by cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension or heart failure. Around 1000 patients in the region suffer from acute myocardial infarction each year. Despite standard treatment, associated mortality and morbidity remain high, at 20% over three years, ”explains Dr Sia.
Participation in various research protocols is already part of the daily life of the specialist physicians involved in the project, while around ten research projects are underway simultaneously within the walls of the Regional Affiliated University Hospital Center (CHAUR).
The Mauricie Cardiovascular Center will collaborate in clinical research with different centers in Montreal, Quebec City, Calgary and Duke, South Carolina, with the aim of improving the prognosis of these patients.
The research team currently has a research coordinator and two nurses. Two more nurses are expected to be added in the coming months. The Center will also accommodate medical students and residents of the family medicine program.
The interior of the building has been completely redone to accommodate the clinic. The work, carried out by the general contractor Dany Croteau, took about a year.