Thursday, February 01, 2007
Capital Health and the University of Alberta are pleased to announce the appointment of the Right Honourable Don Mazankowski and Pamela Wallin as Co-Chairs of the inaugural National Strategy Council for the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute located in Edmonton, Alberta. The Council will build recognition for the new heart institute as a key Canadian health asset.
Mr. Mazankowski has a long and distinguished career in business and government. He was elected to the House of Commons in 1968 and represented Vegreville as a Member of Parliament continuously until his retirement in 1993. He held several Cabinet positions under Prime Ministers Joe Clark and Brian Mulroney, including the role of Deputy Prime Minister. In 2000, he became chair of the Alberta Premierís Advisory Council on Health. The councilís report, released in 2002, became a key pillar in the Alberta governmentís health reform agenda.
The Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute is being developed by Capital Health with the University of Alberta, and will be a world-class centre in heart disease prevention, treatment, education and research. The new $196 million facility will open in 2007 in Edmonton, bringing adult and childrenís heart care and research under one roof with adult and childrenís teaching hospitals. The heart institute will be a provincial and national resource for the prevention and treatment of heart disease.
Capital Health is one of Canadaís largest health regions, providing integrated health services to 1.6 million residents of central and northern Alberta. The University of Alberta is one of Canadaís premier teaching and research universities serving 36,500 students with 9,400 faculty and staff and more than $400 million in annual research funding.
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