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Coronary Unit (5 East)

Where hustle meets bustle

Service Chief: Marie-Josée Simard

Medical Chief: Dr. Jean-François Tanguay

Number of beds: 21 with heart monitors, including 5 coronary intensive care beds

Client type:

  • Patients with myocardial infarction, angina or coronary artery disease.
  • Post-primary angioplasty, cardiogenic shock, ventricular septal defect, mitral valve rupture, etc.


Staff in the Coronary Unit provide specialized and ultra-specialized care to clients with acute coronary syndrome (myocardial infarction). The care provided is based on the most recent scientific developments and is supported by on-going research so that patients benefit from the most effective treatment.


What makes us stand out


The various staff members in the unit help train and coach future health care professionals from various disciplines related to cardiology services and who come from a CEGEP or university.

Short Stay Unit (5 Centre)

Where anything can happen

Service Chief: Laurie Mercure

Medical Chief: Dr. Normand Racine

Number of beds: 32 stretchers, including 16 for short stay admissions and 16 for day admissions.

Client type:

  • Elective clients referred before and after a hemodynamic test: angiography, coronary angioplasty, stent implantation, percutaneous valve repair, etc.
  • Elective clients who are referred before and after an electrophysiology study, pacemaker procedure, simple ablation, etc.
  • Clients going through pre-admission for hemodynamic tests and electrophysiology studies


The Short Stay Unit meets the investigational and treatment needs for hemodynamics, electrophysiology and radiology clients. Unit staff provide any care and monitoring that is required after a diagnostic or therapeutic procedure.

Medical Unit (4 Centre)

Where altruism abounds

Service Chief: Khedidja Chemmem



Medical Chief: Dr. Patrick Garceau

Number of beds: 40, including 31 in cardiac medicine, 5 for arrhythmia cases and 4 overflow beds

Client type:

  • Clients suffering from coronary artery disease, heart failure and arrhythmia and whose conditions do not require intensive care.
  • Clients requiring palliative care in cardiology.


The Medical Unit provides specialized care in general cardiology, intermediate care and intensive care.


In complementarity with various members of the multidisciplinary team and nurses and in partnership with clients and their families, this unit is committed to providing high-quality care that is based on evidence and research. Staff members also strive to provide a continuum of care and services with network partners.

Medical Intensive Care Unit (4 East)

Where curiosity flourishes

Service Chief: Catherine Dieu



Medical Chief: Dr. Reda Ibrahim

Number of beds: 21, including 5 beds in medical intensive care

Client type:

  • Patients who are being evaluated for a heart transplant.
  • Patients who are being evaluated for or who already have an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD).
  • Young patients with a congenital cardiopathy.

Surgery Unit (3 Centre)

Where the action happens

Service Chief: Jessie Perron



Medical Chief: Dr. Michel Pellerin

Number of beds: 29 beds with heart monitoring (telemetry)

Client type:

  • Patients in preoperative preparation for cardiac surgery.
  • Patients in the postoperative phase (the first 24 hours post-surgery).
  • Patients with ventricular assist devices (mechanical hearts) once the acute phase is over.

Surgical Intensive Care (3 East)

Where the daring venture

Service Chief: Johanne Bernatchez



Medical Chief: Dr. Michel Pellerin

Number of beds: 24, including 8 beds in the recovery room

Client type:

  • Patients in the acute postoperative phase (first 24 hours).
  • Clients who require hemofiltration.
  • Clients with ventricular assist devices (mechanical hearts) who are in the acute postoperative phase.
  • Clients who require care post-cardiac transplant.

The Surgical Intensive Care Unit provides comprehensive monitoring. The nurses in this unit have developed major expertise in various sectors of critical care, including hemofiltration, invasive cardiac monitoring, intra-aortic balloon pumps, mechanical hearts and ventricular assist devices.

Surgical Wing (2 North)

Where teamwork prevails

Service Chief: Suzie Bouchard



Medical Chief: Dr. Michel Pellerin

Number of operating rooms: 6 operating rooms and 1 hybrid room with robotic imaging

Client type:

  • Conventional valve surgeries
  • Transapical valve surgeries
  • Perceval valve surgeries
  • Bypass surgeries
  • Heart transplants and implantation of mechanical ventricular assist devices
  • Surgery to correct congenital cardiopathies, etc.

The most recent surgical wing in North America, the 6 operating rooms in this sector use cutting-edge technology, and we will soon inaugurate a 7th hybrid room with robotic imaging. We indeed have much to be proud of!

What we offer: a one-day pre-employment job shadowing opportunity, human-focused staff management, a young and dynamic team of nurses and nurse clinicians, adapted training upon hiring (theoretical cardiology training, practical training in heart surgery and clinical support after the training period), full-time or part-time day shifts, one on-duty weekend out of six, a highly technical work environment, a bursary program and much more!

Cardiac Emergency

Where the pace is frenetic

Service Chief: Marc-André Massé



Medical Chief: Dr. Alain Vadeboncoeur

Number of stretchers: 22, including 2 in the resuscitation room

Client type:

  • Clients presenting with urgent cardiac problems

Specialized Clinics

Where compassion reigns

MHI clinics provide you with both stimulating and varied challenges.

Heart Failure Clinic

Service Chief: Catherine Dieu



Medical Chief: Dr. Anique Ducharme

Number of patients treated: 413

The Heart Failure Clinic actively follows 413 patients with different types of cardiopathies: ischemic, valve, idiopathic, and with preserved systolic function.



Transplant and Mechanical Heart Clinic

Service Chief: Catherine Dieu



Medical Chief: Dr. Guy Pelletier

Number of patients treated: 200

Client type:

  • Patients in the pre- and post-transplant phase.
  • Patients being evaluated for a mechanical heart or who are in a post-implantation phase.



Diabetes Follow-Up Clinic

Service Chief: Laurie Mercure



Medical Chief: Dr. Normand Racine

Number of patients treated: (to be validated)

Client type:

  • Hospitalized diabetic patients

Since September 2006, the MHI has run a follow-up clinic for hospitalized diabetics. The main goals of this clinic are to identify and analyze the specific needs of diabetic clients at the MHI; increase staff members' clinical expertise; optimize care and treatment for these clients through interdisciplinarity, evidence-based data and a global approach to cardiovascular disease; and screen patients for abnormal glycemia and intervene at the right time to ensure continuity of care during the hospital stay and upon discharge. The team strives to meet all of these goals through a collaborative and effective interdisciplinary approach that meets the specific needs of this clientele.



Adult Congenital Heart Disease Centre

Service Chief: Laurie Mercure



Medical Chief: Dr. Paul Khairy

Number of patients treated: 2,000

 Client type:

  • Patients with a congenital cardiopathy (follow-up)

The Adult Congenital Heart Disease Centre has been active since 1989. Currently, 2,000 patients are registered in our database with growth of nearly 20% per year.

Ultra-Specialized Interventional Services

Where technology serves medicine

Electrophysiology Service



Medical Chief: Dr. Peter Guerra

Number of rooms: 3 intervention rooms at the cutting-edge of technology and innovation

Types of procedures: Over 2,100 procedures per year, which include pacemaker and ICD implantation, electrophysiology studies, and simple and complex ablations. The rooms are open from Monday to Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Dedication and team work along with teaching, training and research activities all help improve the quality of patient care in this ultra-specialized sector.



Hemodynamics Service



Medical Chief: Dr. Philippe L’Allier

Number of rooms: 4 rooms plus 1 compression room

Types of procedures: The MHI Hemodynamics Service is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year for primary angioplasty procedures to ensure that clients in the acute phase of myocardial infarction have their needs met as best as possible. The interdisciplinary team has developed unrivalled expertise in this area to provide a full range of procedures for structural heart diseases, including the percutaneous implantation of aortic valve and mitral valve clips. Over 6,300 procedures and interventions are conducted in this service every year.

Nursing teams are on duty from Monday to Friday during the day, in the evening and at night and also take turns performing on-call duty for emergency cases.

The Hemodynamics Service stands out through a friendly work environment, professional development, the search for innovation, and care based on best practices.