To eliminate barriers and financial stressors associated with securing local accommodation for patients in need of a heart transplant in BC.
When Ron Bayne and Peter Quinn met during their transplant journeys in 2001, they saw that for many recipients, finding an affordable place to stay during the few months of post-surgical recovery and medical follow-up was a significant challenge—and a source of financial stress. The Heart Transplant Home Society (HTHS) was born out of their commitment to address that challenge, so other heart transplant recipients can focus on what matters most: their health.
At HTHS, we offer affordable accommodation to heart transplant patients and their loved one(s) in two homes near St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. We have housed over 190 recipients to date and plan to open a third home to accommodate more families.
HTHS is a non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers. We rely on the financial generosity of members and donors, and 97% of every dollar raised goes towards operating our existing homes, directly supporting heart patients and their caregivers.
All members of our Board of Directors have been directly touched by organ transplant, and many are heart transplant recipients. We know what patients are going through and we understand their challenges.
We create a support network before, during and after treatment, bringing together patients, families, communities and healthcare providers.
We support heart transplant recipients by promoting greater understanding of their needs throughout the community.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President / Michel Dugré
Michel comes to the HTHS Board from the family side of the transplant experience; his wife received a transplant two years ago. Michel's business, marketing, and public relations background is a great asset to HTHS.
Treasurer / Brett Third
Brett joined the HTHS Board after his heart transplant in September 2013. Brett’s 30 years of project management experience through the family steel business, George Third & Son, as well as his commitment to the care of fellow heart transplant patients, are great assets to the HTHS.
Vice-President / Nathalie Desmarais
Nathalie received her heart transplant in 2016. She joined HTHS in 2017, and brings her passion to help others and her joy of receiving the gift of life to her position as Vice-President.
Home Manager / Eunice Barriga
Eunice received her heart transplant in December, 2002. She has been volunteering with BC Transplant since 2007 and now proudly joins the HTHS team.
Board Member / Lesley Finlayson
Lesley, a recent heart transplant recipient, joined the Board in 2015. A professional painter, she was formerly the Department Chair of, and an instructor in, Fine Arts at Langara College. Lesley’s administrative and creative abilities are invaluable when helping the HTHS find suitable accommodation for patients and their families.
Board Member / Ron MacDonnell
St. Paul’s Hospital Heart Transplant Social Worker / Shelley Prytula
Shelley brings a wealth of experience in non-profit program coordination and healthcare social work. At St. Paul’s Hospital, she works closely with patients and their families and refers recipients who need support to the HTHS. Shelley’s involvement on the Board strengthens our partnership with St. Paul’s Hospital and helps identify changing priorities for patients and families so we are able to continuously improve the resources and support we provide.
The HTHS Board welcomes new members. If you are interested in joining us, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Through the operation of three or more homes, we ensure every Heart Transplant patient has easy access to safe, affordable accommodation during treatment.
Integrity is our DNA.
We believe in balancing four priorities of life: Health. Family. Friends. Community.
We listen. We care.
We put the patient and family first. We work to continually improve the available housing.
We are reliable. We are trustworthy.
We cultivate support through collaboration. We respect the diversity of individuals.
HOW IT WORKS
If you and/or your caregiver need assistance finding short-term accommodation, ask your heart transplant Social Worker about the HTHS. Alternatively, if you do not have a transplant social worker, please contact us directly and we'll provide more information.
prince albert Home
The Prince Albert Home offers a safe, quiet, environment located near Fraser Street in East Vancouver. Completely furnished and with in-suite laundry, close to all amenities and within an easy transit or taxi ride to St. Paul’s Hospital, the Prince Albert Home is your home away from home.
Located directly across the street from St. Paul's Hospital, the Thurlow Home offers patients, family members and caregivers quaint and convenient accommodation in a multi-unit heritage home close to all amenities. At the Thurlow Home, recipients can find peace and rest while they recover from their life-saving surgery.
It is more important these days than ever to be your own heart health advocate. Eating the right foods, doing the right amount of exercise to keep your heart healthy will only prove beneficial for you in the future. Here are links to resources you might find useful as you go through your journey.
SPACE TO HEAL
The number for heart transplants grows each year. So does the need to support recipients and their families.
Help us make a difference. Join us!
GET IN TOUCH
We are here to help. Whether you need our services or would like to get involved, contact us below.
Heart Transplant Home Society
1773 East, 33rd Avenue
Vancouver BC V5N 3E3