Perfusionist – St. Mary’s General Hospital


St. Mary's General Hospital

St. Mary’s General Hospital is one of Ontario’s top performing hospitals, nationally recognized for providing innovative, best practice adult acute care. Named one of Waterloo Area’s 15 Top Employers for 2016 for the second consecutive year, St. Mary’s serves as the Regional Cardiac Centre, caring for a population base of more than 750,000 people that extends from Waterloo Region to Wellington County, Grey Bruce and beyond.Our key areas of clinical focus include cardiac care, respiratory care, general and emergency medicine and surgical services. Our people are at the heart of what we do. More than 1,200 staff and 800 physicians (supported by 400+ volunteers) passionately pursue our Vision to be the safest and most effective hospital in Canada, characterized by innovation, compassion and respect.“We are looking for dedicated professionals who share our vision for excellence and commitment to providing compassionate care with dignity and respect. If your personal philosophy puts patients and their family at the center of everything you do, St. Mary’s is where you want to begin your career."


Kitchener, ON


Perfusionists function in a highly specialized adult cardiac surgical environment at St. Mary's General Hospital. The Perfusionist contributes to clinical, education and research-based practice within the scope of perfusion science and the Cardiac Program. The Perfusionist provides patients with extracorporeal life support, during open-heart and major vascular surgery in the operating room/critical care settings. Working in collaboration with the multidisciplinary health care team, the Perfusionist integrates new knowledge and research into clinical practice.

•Participates in the daily organization and preparation of patient care plans and departmental workflow
•Operates the perfusion system and all integrated circuitry providing continuous support for the patient's cardiac, respiratory, and metabolic systems for short and/or long-term cardiopulmonary support (i.e., ECMO)
•Provides a comprehensive blood conservation program utilizing blood salvage, autologous blood component sequestration, hemoconcentration, hemodialysis, rapid transfusion, modified ultrafiltration and emerging technologies as required
•Assesses, evaluates and revises cardiovascular perfusion standards according to evidence based practice
•Provides expert adult perfusion consultation to patients and their families, St Mary’s General Hospital staff, national and international colleagues
•Responds to emergency patient situations twenty four hours a day throughout the year


•Graduate of an Accredited Cardiovascular Perfusion Science Program; University Degree is preferred
•Current certification, and ability to maintain annual re-certification, with the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion & The Canadian Society of Clinical Perfusion
•Previous clinical experience as a Clinical Perfusionist
•Registered Nurse (RN) or Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) experience is an asset
•Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
•Demonstrates the ability to function effectively and with confidence under stress (i.e., when making critical, independent decisions and in emergency situations)

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Create a profile and apply on-line, by January 20th, at

St. Mary’s General Hospital fosters a culture of inclusiveness, patient and staff safety.

All reasonable accommodation will be made for this position.



Kristin Oster


HR Generalist



St. Mary's General Hospital

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