Supporting Patients


This group consists of elected patients, family members and staff whose role is to advise and participate in the quality of care for patient and family experiences. If interested in volunteering or partnering with us, please contact the Quality Office at 613-696-7000 ext. 19305 or by e-mail at


The Ottawa Heart Institute Patient Alumni enables former patients to maintain a relationship with the Heart Institute after discharge from hospital. The Alumni educates and updates members of the activities within the Heart Institute and in the treatment of heart disease.

The Alumni supports communication between heart patients and the Heart Institute staff. To reach this goal, the Alumni publishes a semi-annual Bulletin and hosts Spring and Fall lectures by cardiac specialists and other health care professionals. All patients who receive care at the UOHI automatically become members of the Alumni. For more information, please call 613-696-7241, email or visit the website.


The Ottawa Heart Support Group is dedicated to reducing anxiety and emotional stress that often comes from having a cardiac event. The focus is on developing positive attitudes toward heart health care, enjoying life to the fullest and supporting each other. The group meets on the third Monday of each month at 7:15 p.m. at the Heart Institute.

For more information, please call the following leaders:
Mary Cameron: 613-835-2347 | William Holland: 613-824-9563


Women@Heart is a peer support program led by women with heart disease, for women with heart disease that aims to create a caring environment for women to learn from each other.

For more information, please call 613-696-7000 ext. 10412 or 1-866-399-4432, visit the website.


The Heart Institute has partnered with community organizations to provide you and your family with ongoing exercise options in a safe environment with staff who are comfortable working with heart patients. Exercise programs displaying the Heart Wise Exercise logo meet the conditions for safety and suitability for heart patients and those with other chronic conditions.

Heart Wise Exercise is available in Ottawa and throughout our region and much of Ontario. To find a location and program suitable for you, please call 613-696-7387, email, or visit the website.


myOttawaHeart lets you see your University of Ottawa Heart Institute health record from your home or using a computer or mobile device (smartphone, iPad or tablet) anywhere in the world. It is available to all Heart Institute patients. Ask a member of your health care team how to register for myOttawaHeart.


Our Foundation

Donations to the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation are used to fund research into cures and better treatments for heart disease and to support education and prevention programs. Much of the excellent care that you receive during your hospital stay is due to the contributions made by our patients and communities.

If you would like to say “thank you” with a donation to the Heart Institute, please call the Foundation Office at 613-696-7030 or visit the website.

The Heart of Gold Program

The Heart of Gold Program allows you to recognize people at the Heart Institute who have provided exceptional care. Honour a physician, nurse, allied health professional (physiotherapist, occupational therapist, social worker, registered dietitian, speech and language pathologist, pharmacist), volunteer or even an entire unit. All honourees will receive a thank-you card and Heart of Gold pin to wear, reminding others of the excellent patient care they provide.

For more information, please call 613-696-7030 or visit the website.