On March 6, 2003 the Alvin and Mona Libin Foundation presented the largest one-time donation to the Alberta Health Services and the University of Calgary. The gift came in the form of $15 million donated by Alvin and Mona Libin through their Foundation, and the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta was born, giving Calgary a world-class institute for heart health research, education, and patient care. The Memorandum of Understanding formally establishing the Institute was signed by the University of Calgary, Alberta Health Services, and the Alvin and Mona Libin Foundation on January 27, 2004.
The Libin Institute is not a building. It is a 'virtual institute' in that its purpose is to coordinate and integrate cardiovascular services in southern Alberta.
The vision of the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta is to provide a superb, efficient, integrated program of cardiovascular wellness, health care, research and education.
What does the Libin Cardiovascular Institute mean for the future of Cardiac Care in Southern Alberta, and in Western Canada?
- Provide superb education and training of tomorrow's health care professionals including physicians, surgeons, researchers, nursing and technological staff.
- Development of an outstanding cardiovascular health promotion and disease prevention program which will educate and serve the population of Southern Alberta.
- Increased access to cardiac services through innovative use of technology such as telehealth.
- Provide world class treatment, using state-of-the-art technology and equipment for patients from Southern Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan (link to CMR Centre).
- The Libin Institute will increase personnel and facility capacity to better meet the needs of our patient population.
- Fortify cardiovascular basic science, clinical science, population health research, and the relationships among them.
- Make available the resources and leadership to achieve these goals and to foster the integration of cardiovascular wellness, health care, research and education.