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630 CHED Heart Pledge Day raises $349,000 for the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute

630 CHED Heart Pledge Day 2020
On 630 CHED Heart Pledge Day, more than $349,000 was raised in support of the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute. Thank you to everyone who donated or took part in this amazing day.

More than $349,000 was raised as 630 CHED broadcasted live for 12 hours on Thursday at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute for Heart Pledge Day.

The event has raised more than $2 million over 14 years.

Over the years, the event has allowed the hospital to expand the cardiovascular intensive care unit which deals with the sickest of the sick patients.

Heart stickers with the name of donors on the Heart Wall at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute.
Heart stickers with the name of donors on the Heart Wall at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute. Kirby Bourne/630 CHED

Funds have also been raised to provide portable life support for patients who are at the end stage of heart and lung failure, as well as to purchase specialized cooling systems that protect heart attack patients’ brains by lowering their body temperatures.

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630 CHED Heart Pledge Day aims to improve care at Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute
630 CHED Heart Pledge Day aims to improve care at Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute

From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., 630 CHED hosts will share stories of the life-saving moments and amazing care patients have received at this world-class facility.

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“The Maz is really an amazing place because it has the full spectrum of cardiac care in one place,” Jessica Bernat, director of marketing and communications for the University Hospital Foundation, said.

Shaye Ganam and Chelsea Bird broadcast live during Heart Pledge Day on Feb. 27, 2020.
Shaye Ganam and Chelsea Bird broadcast live during Heart Pledge Day on Feb. 27, 2020. Kirby Bourne/630 CHED

This year, like last year, the team is working to raise money to purchase new diagnostic machines, including echocardiogram machines.

“The Maz uses the latest in different diagnostic technology to make sure that they’re on the cutting edge, that they’re making quicker diagnosis, more accurate diagnosis, so they can really put together the best treatment plans for patients,” communications specialist Emma Brook said.

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Brad Smoliak having an echocardiogram in the Mazankowski AB Heart Institute.
Brad Smoliak having an echocardiogram in the Mazankowski AB Heart Institute. Charles Taylor

According to the University Hospital Foundation, treatment plans for about 90 per cent of all cardiac patients start with an echocardiogram.

“It’s really vital. It changes the way their experience is at the Maz,” Brook said.

Chris Scheetz takes a selfie with Madison, a 15-year-old VAD patient at Heart Pledge Day at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute on Feb. 27, 2020.
Chris Scheetz takes a selfie with Madison, a 15-year-old VAD patient at Heart Pledge Day at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute on Feb. 27, 2020. Kirby Bourne/630 CHED

This year’s fundraising got a bit of a head start after Ryan Jespersen hosted an on-air auction earlier this month. 630 CHED listener Dave bid $6,000 for a dinner for 12 to thank the facility that saved helped him after a heart attack nine years ago.

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“The impact that the community has had here really has helped us be able to advance with technology and diagnostic equipment and patient care has really been made possible by community support and donors,” Bernat said.

J’lyn Nye broadcasts live from the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute for Heart Pledge Day on Feb. 27, 2020.
J’lyn Nye broadcasts live from the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute for Heart Pledge Day on Feb. 27, 2020. Kirby Bourne/630 CHED

To donate, visit the University Hospital Foundation’s website.