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Watch this video to learn more about the cardio respiratory program at the West Parry Sound Health Centre.

Keeping Cardio Respiratory Care Close to Home

Recent research has shown that patients with common lung diseases such as asthma, COPD and lung fibrosis are significantly more likely to develop cardiovascular disease.  At WPSHC, we strive to provide the cardio respiratory services needed for consultation, testing and treatment where we live and work. 

But we need your help to reach this goal.

This event is raising funds to purchase new pulmonary function testing (PFT) equipment. With our new Respiratory Therapist, Benjamin, in place, this would complete the components necessary to provide the highest level of testing for diagnosis and treatment, eliminating the need for our Cardio Respiratory patients to travel outside the community.

Join us in celebrating heart health!

The History of Our Event

Our event began in 2008.  Starting at the Charles W. Stockey Centre, we offered 2K, 5K and 10K routes along the sparkling waters of Georgian Bay.  Our naming was a natural … Georgian Bay Walk, Run, Pole – Do It For Life!

We had no idea how critical this event would be to funding local cardiac care.  Over the years, the money raised helped reopen ICU when the patient-monitoring system crashed in April 2014, bought the first 3 of the Health Centre’s Bi-PAP machines, bought Rehab patients self-monitoring cuffs as well as specific exercise equipment, renewed the Rehab monitoring system, installed the Rehab Unit’s monitor defibrillator, replaced the Cardiovascular Ultrasound system, brought new breathing technology to the Health Centre (heat flow therapy) and banked the funds for 2 of the 9 needed replacement defibrillators.  It’s truly miraculous what a small group of people dedicated to a cause can do! In 2020 the global pandemic forced the event to be virtual.  In 2021, we created a hybrid event. 

In 2022, we'll continue with the hybrid format, challenging participants to move their bodies every day beginning May 1st. Track your movement against your goal, then join us for an in-person 5km walk/run celebration on Sunday, May 29th at the Stockey Centre!

Be The Difference

In normal times, and these aren’t normal, government funding to the West Parry Sound Health Centre barely covers 65% of the hospital’s annual operating costs. Foundation donors buy all the major equipment while medical leases, contracts, parking and other services complete the remaining operational funding.