Cardiac Support Groups
New Brunswick Heart Surgery Support Group
Upon the inception of the NB Heart Centre in 1991, the NBHSSG Inc. was created. This support group is comprised of former open heart surgery patients who visit patients, as well as their family members and offer emotional support.
This support continues to be an integral part of the cardiac surgery program at the NBHC.
- A member of the NBHSSG Inc. visits open heart surgery patients the day prior to their surgical procedure and again before discharge from the hospital. These patients are located on one of the NBHC Nursing Units such as 5BN-Cardiac Services, CCU or 5ANorth.
- Former open heart surgery patients from the greater Saint John area are recruited and trained as new visitors. Membership continues to grow and the NBHSSG Inc. remains as a vital organization.
- 2 gatherings of visitors are held each year. Educational talks are offered by guest speakers in areas such as recent developments in the field of cardiac care.
The group is supported by the United Commercial Travelers, Jack Kidd Council #755, The Knights of Columbus Council #6770 and the Real Atlantic Superstores.
These supporters have been instrumental in allowing the group to fulfill its mandate.
The support group welcomes new recruits. If you are, or know of, a former open heart surgery patient who might be interested in becoming a volunteer visitor, please contact us
The Happy Hearts Support Group was started in 1999 by a group of cardiac patients and their families who had attended the cardiac rehab program at the Saint John Regional Hospital.
The group holds meetings 4 times a year with combined speakers and social event activities.
They also help the staff of the cardiac rehab program organize the annual Walk of Life for Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab and the annual Christmas Open House for all past alumni of the cardiac rehab program.
Their fundraising efforts have benefited veterans and pediatric groups.