Donors support $3.3 million upgrade to cardiac cath lab


{April 28, 2017} – Interventional cardiologists Drs. Gerald Simkus and Roger Philipp are surrounded by donors who contributed to Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation’s Cardiac Care Campaign. Funds were raised for a $3.3 million full upgrade of the equipment in the hospital’s cardiac catheterization lab, the busiest in BC. Those suffering from heart attacks across the health region are regularly rushed straight to Royal Columbian’s cath lab for immediate, emergency care. Annually, the interventional cardiology team performs 2,300 angioplasties and 3,100 diagnostic catheterizations – the most in the province.