Capital Health is privileged that the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, a centre of excellence in Alberta, will be named after an Albertan that has served our province and country with distinction for more than 35 years.
Don Mazankowski was elected as a Member of Parliament in 1968 for Vegreville and served as a Cabinet Minister under two Prime Ministers and as Deputy Prime Minister from 1986 to 1993. Since retiring from politics in 1993, he continues to serve Alberta and Canada. He was Chair of the Premier's Advisory Council Report on Health Care (the Mazankowski Report), a member of the Board of Governors of the University of Alberta and is a Director for a number of Canadian corporations. In addition, Don Mazankowski was named to the Order of Canada in 2000 and the Alberta Order of Excellence in 2003.
Building on Don Mazankowski's legacy and commitment to Albertans and Canadians, the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute will play a prominent role in cardiac care, research prevention, and education. Opening in 2007, the facility will serve Edmonton, Alberta, Western Canada, and the Canadian North.
"I am humbled and deeply touched by the honour of having a facility named after me that is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Albertans. As we move forward in our province's second century, this Institute will help ensure access to the best cardiac care and lead the way in preventing and treating heart disease through patient care, research, education and training."
- The Right Honourable Don Mazankowski