Memorandum of Understanding formally establishing the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta signed five years ago on January 27, 2004
While milestones such as birthdays and anniversaries generally go unnoticed in the lives of dedicated scientists and clinicians, sometimes even those busy lives warrant a reprieve for reflection. On whose shoulders did we begin our journey? Who are those that contributed but left before being noticed? What have we achieved in our time? What have we helped others achieve? What might we do better? What is there for us, and for us to give, in the times to come?
We can look at the numbers, and they are spectacular. Calgary has the highest post heart attack survival rate in the country with exceptional surgery statistics to boot.
We can look at whom we’ve got around the table. Scientists of all stripes and shades, clinicians both community based and university based, and even staff that bleeds Libin red (red being the normal colour of blood is simply a coincidence).
We can look at whom we’ve helped train along the way. Researchers and clinicians of the highest calibre found in all four chambers of the globe. Yes, I know, some are saying it should be corners and not chambers. You’ll be surprised to learn that the globe has no corners – LOL!
And we can go on and on … but a thinking person will realize something. There will always be different ways to see things, and perspectives will change with time. There is no plateau of plateaus upon which our work can rest for eternity – our work will always be a work in progress. In our journey – the work we do – should be our pleasure, and with that … our reprieve ends. Till coffee time 😉