Marilène Dallaire and Hosham Ased receive the 2022 Dr. Denis Roy Awards for Excellence in Cardiovascular Care

October 7, 2022

The Montreal Heart Institute (MHI) is proud to announce that Marilène Dallaire, clinical nurse, and Hosham Ased, clinical perfusionist, are the recipients of the third edition of the Dr. Denis Roy Awards for Excellence in Cardiovascular Care.

Each year, this prestigious award honours MHI staff members who stand out in their work and improve their profession. Formerly intended for nurses, this year, the awards are open to a new category of recipients: healthcare professionals.

“Our healthcare teams are dedicated to the patients for whom they do exceptional work, and I have the privilege of witnessing this every day,” says Dr. Denis Roy, cardiologist and electrophysiologist at the MHI and instigator of the Dr. Denis Roy Awards of Excellence in Cardiovascular Care. “Through this award ceremony, I want to encourage, recognize, and reward the healthcare teams for their exceptional work, innovation, and contribution to improving the care offered to our patients. I feel fortunate because the Institute has a sense of belonging and a work atmosphere that I believe is exceptional, thanks in part to the dedication of our teams.”

“We are very fortunate to have committed professionals of the stature of Marilène and Hosham”, says Mélanie La Couture, President and CEO of the Montreal Heart Institute. “Our specialized cardiology centre is proud to surround itself with talented people who integrate our values of creativity and benevolence. Thank you, and congratulations to Marilène and Hosham for embodying these values passionately in each of their actions. You represent with dignity what we do best daily to care for our clientele.”

Category Nursing
Marilène Dallaire is a clinical nurse at the MHI. For the past 16 years, she has specialized in the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Centre (ACHDC). Faced with many complex challenges, she is known for her impactful initiatives within the field. Through her actions and curiosity, she has truly established herself as an anchor for patients, their families, and any healthcare professional outside the ACHDC.

Over time, her deep dedication to her field has led her to develop numerous tools for clients and caregivers: a diagram of the various malformations, a patient health passport, a protocol for initiating and following up on patients on medication for severe pulmonary hypertension, documents to be given to Sainte-Justine patients to facilitate their transition, etc. Through her work, Marilène reminds all those around her that the MHI’s raison d’être is the patient.

Category Healthcare Professionals
A trained engineer, Hosham Ased made the leap to become a clinical perfusionist a few years ago. Since joining the MHI in 2011, he has contributed to the continuous improvement of the practice both internally and externally. His love of the profession recently took him to Saint-Malo, where he participated in a symposium of French perfusionists to support the French association in its clinical development and by demonstrating the innovation and work done by the MHI perfusion team.

Aware of the importance of training the next generation of perfusionists, he shows leadership internally by taking charge of welcoming new perfusionists. Moreover, his benevolence extends to the entire MHI when, to demystify the profession, he willingly accepts to speak to any healthcare professional who may have questions about the career. His various accomplishments have made the MHI and his professional field shine.

Fostering Excellence
Dr. Denis Roy created the Dr. Denis Roy Awards for Excellence in Cardiovascular Care in June 2018 after receiving a $17,000 grant obtained with the Persiller-Lachapelle Award. Since then, the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF), thanks to the support of generous donors, has continued to present these awards.

“As a patient, I witnessed first-hand the importance of the caregivers’ work,” says Pierre Michaud, a philanthropist. “As soon as Dr. Denis Roy told me about his project, I wanted to get involved and raise funds. I succeeded in enlisting my friends to support this cause to continue the initiative. Recognition of the caregiving staff’s work is essential for an institution like the MHI.”

“We would like to extend our warmest thanks to the donors who make this event possible each year,” said Alain Gignac, President and CEO of the MHIF. “Their generous contribution promotes excellence and dedication, factors that directly and positively impact the lives of thousands of patients.”

About the Montreal Heart Institute
Founded in 1954, the Montreal Heart Institute constantly strives for the highest standards of excellence in the cardiovascular field through its leadership in clinical and fundamental research, ultra-specialized care, professional training, and prevention. It is home to Canada’s largest cardiology research centre, cardiovascular prevention centre, and cardiovascular genetics centre. The Institute is affiliated with the Université de Montréal and has more than 2,000 employees, including 245 physicians and more than 85 researchers.

About the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation
Created in 1977, the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation raises and manages funds to support the Institute’s innovative and priority projects and fight cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the world. Its philanthropic events and donors’ contributions have enabled this cardiovascular health leader to become the country’s largest cardiac research centre. Over the years, the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation has raised more than $350 million in donations. Its 27,822 donors have made it possible to make important discoveries and support the Institute’s specialists, professionals, and researchers to provide state-of-the-art care to tens of thousands of patients in Quebec.