I am truly honoured to be given the responsibility of leading the Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS) for the next two years, an organization that serves as a strong foundation for our cardiovascular community in Canada. I would like to thank Dr. Heather Ross, Past-President, for her outstanding contributions to the CCS. I was inspired by her leadership, which I observed at close hand while vice-president and I will strive to build upon her many accomplishments.
Staying committed to the Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS) is more than the right thing to do -- it’s about supporting our professional community and sharing a common goal of being the best at what we do for cardiovascular patient care. The CCS consistently provides its members with several opportunities, and many of you will agree that the CCS has helped shape your career in one way or another.
2016 was the second year of our 2015-2018 CCS Strategic Plan which focuses on quality cardiovascular care, a strong relevant Canadian Cardiovascular Congress (CCC), support of our subspecialty affiliates and an on-going commitment to our members through our programs, services and support. This year the CCS has:
Marked a milestone with the release of the CCS National Quality Report for TAVI with 100% participation of TAVI centers. This work has already helped identify knowledge gaps and opportunities for improvement and also demonstrated as a proof of concept that national qualityreporting is possible.
Updated or undertaken six guidelines or position statements for care, some of them jointly developed with CCS Affiliates.
Introduced the Fellow of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS) designation which recognizes professional accomplishments and service. Currently, 110 members have received the FCCS designation this year.
Enhance CCC experience. For 2016, we broke the mold and introduce new sessions to augment the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress delegate experience. The feedback has been overwhelming positive, more innovative changes await members in 2017!
I invite you to learn more about these and other CCS accomplishments in the CCS Annual Review.
It is time again to renew your commitment to the CCS! A 2017 Membership Renewal notice was sent to you by email recently. It is my hope that you will renew your membership online via our new member portal and encourage your colleagues to join the CCS. Together, we are a powerful national voice for cardiovascular health.
Cathy Kells, MD, FRCPC, FCCS, FACC
PS. Don’t forget to mark your calendar for CCC 2017 in Vancouver 21-24, 2017!