Stories With HeartThe Heartbeats of Care at the CK Hui Heart Centre

Posted on: Feb 01, 2024

February is Heart Month and we are featuring the world-class heart care at the CK Hui Heart Centre, within the Royal Alexandra Hospital.

The CK Hui Heart Centre is Western Canada’s high-volume, high-performance heart hospital. 

Located in the Royal Alexandra Hospital, the CK Hui is a powerhouse when it comes to coronary intervention.  

It opened in 2011, providing excellence in cardiac treatment to patients in northern Alberta and the Territories, as well as northern Saskatchewan and British Columbia—an area equal to one-third of Canada's land mass.  

As we mark Heart Month this February, we are proud to share more about the impact of the CK Hui Heart Centre—changing lives and changing the future of heart-related treatment. Below is just a snapshot of this work that creates the heartbeats of care. 

And YOU—our donors—make these heartbeats possible. Your dollars change lives. This Heart Month, please give generously.  



Leading the CK Hui Heart Centre

The CK Hui is home to 20 outstanding cardiologists, led by Chief of Cardiology Dr. Benjamin Tyrrell. 

Dr. Tyrrell took over the position in 2023 and is leading with a vision that builds on extraordinary patient care by exploring innovative and unique approaches to cardiac care – from advancements in medical imaging that allow for more precise 3D heart models, artificial intelligence (AI) efficiencies, and investment in wearable technologies for patients that allow for early diagnosis and proactive treatment.

Read more about Dr. Tyrrell in a special feature from our 2022-2023 Annual Report.

Dr. Benjamin Tyrrell


Life-Saving Care: Patient Stories

Charles Park

When longstanding chest pains became unbearable for Ponoka-area farmer Charles Park, he was fortunate to be connected to the CK Hui Heart Centre. He credits cardiologists there with saving his life, as they opened two blocked arteries and preventing the need for open heart surgery. With help from donors like you, the CK Hui Heart Centre is able to make life-saving interventions for thousands of people each year just like Charles.

Read Charles' story here and watch the video below.

Michelle Shaw


While driving home, Michelle’s vision suddenly went black and she lost consciousness, resulting in a devastating car crash that almost killed her. Thanks to the quick action of a stranger who called 911, Michelle received emergency care that saved her life. Michelle spent a week in the Cardiac Care Unit (CCU) in a coma, followed by a month of rehabilitative care learning how to communicate, walk, and live once again. She says she now calls the CK Hui home and depends on them for continued support and care.

Read Michelle's story here.

Betty Swanson

A retired municipal administrator, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Betty experienced shoulder pain one evening and wasn’t sure if she was having a heart attack. She trusted her instincts and was taken directly to the catheterization lab in the CK Hui Heart Centre, where she had emergency surgery to have stents placed in three arteries.

Read Betty's story here.


The impact the CK Hui Heart Centre has on patients and their loved ones inspired our video series “More moments. More memories. More time.” Click here to watch the video series.  


The incredible cardiac treatment and expertise at the CK Hui Heart Centre is made possible by donors like you. This February, Heart Month, is a fitting time to give to the cause. Please consider donating today. 



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The CK Hui Heart Centre is now also home to work focused on women’s heart health research being undertaken by Dr. Colleen Norris, the Alberta Women’s Health Foundation’s Cavarzan Chair in Mature Women’s Health Research. Learn more about Dr. Norris’ research here.