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QRS Educational Services launched their cardiac education program in 1993, providing specialized, adult-learning workshops for health-care medical professionals.  Celebrating their 27th year of business in 2020, QRS continues to provide quality programs and certification courses to nurses, paramedics, physicians, ECG technicians, pharmacists, and students at accessible training venues and specific healthcare institutions in Canada. 


Darlene HuttonQRS Founder - Darlene Hutton

Darlene Hutton, RN, BScN, MSN, has been involved with critical care nursing and the management of STEMI care prior to the first fibrinolytic and PCI clinical trials.  She started as a beside nurse in CCU and took on the role of Critical Care Educator then CCU/Stepdown Manager. She became Research Manager for numerous clinical trials involving Acute Coronary Syndrome: STEMI & NSTEMI evidence-based research and practice; Severe Heart Failure, Atrial Fibrillation; and new drugs classifications for the current management of Type II Diabetes.  

"There is no area in health care where research has made such an immense positive change in patient outcomes.  I feel very honoured to have been part of the research journey right from the beginning. With our experienced and dynamic instructors, QRS has positioned itself to continue to provide the one-stop educational courses our clients have come to know us for. Our high-quality delivery has made QRS one of the favourite educational organizations within Ontario with our goal being to continue to provide these courses to our customers, wherever they are: remote, rural, private, or in urban centres."

Darlene is a published author on the following: 

    QRS Educational Services Presents: "The Heart of the Matter: 1st, 2nd, 3rd Edition
      Emergency Preparedness in the O.R. - Part II: Sinus Bradycardia and Tachycardia. D. Hutton. 2012. American College of Plastic Surgical Nursing.
        Emergency Preparedness in the O.R. - Part III: Acute Coronary Syndrome and Rapid ECG Assessment. D. Hutton. 2011. American College of Plastic Surgical Nursing. 
        The Importance of QT Interval Measurement. D. Hutton. 2008. Journal of the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses.
        A Novel Systematic Approach to ECG Interpretation. D. Hutton. 2005. Journal of the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses.  

          QRS Vice President: Sevi Cesta

          Sevi Cesta, BScN, RN, CNCC(C), MN, has been nursing for over 24 years. The

          majority  of that time has been within her passion of Critical Care; first as a bedside critical care nurse, to Educator and Manager. Sevi has held a variety of other positions during her career including Clinical Research Coordinator, Faculty at Seneca College, Co-Lead for the Code Blue Committee ensuring policies and practices were reflective of the current ACLS guidelines, and she holds and Adjunct Clinical Appointment with University of Toronto. Sevi is the Liaison Coordinator for all Heart and Stroke Resuscitation courses: BLS, ACLS, PALS, PEARS. 


          QRS Administrator - Diana CurpheyDiana Curphey

          Diana has been a member of the QRS Team since 2008.  She brings leadership and administration expertise from her previous work experiences. Diana will be happy to assist  you with registration or inquires you may have. 





            QRS Educational Services has provided on-site education throughout Canada. The following are a sample of organizations that have approved and retained our educational services:

            Government of Canada: Health Canada - First Nations and Inuit Health Branch

             Government of Canada: Health Canada - Occupational Health Division

            Agency of the Federal Government of Canada Corrections Services

            Pembroke General Hospital

            Brockville General Hospital

            Perth & Smiths Falls District Hospital

            City of Greater Sudbury Emergency Services

            Temiskaming Hospital, New Liskeard

            Geraldton and District Hospital

            Queensway Carlton Hospital, Ottawa

            Groves Memorial Community Hospital, Fergus

            Rouge Valley Healthcare System, Toronto

            Halton Regional Health Centre: Milton, Georgetown, Oakville sites

            Southlake Regional Hospital, Newmarket

            Hawkesbury General Hospital; Hospital Montfort

            Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto

            Hamilton General Hospital

            Temiskaming Hospital, New Liskeard

            Kingston General Hospital

            The Scarborough Hospital

            Lennox & Addington County Hospital, Napanee

            Trillium Health Centre: Mississauga

            London Health Sciences Centre

            Wawa General Hospital, Wawa

            Manitoulin Health Sciences Centre, Little Current

            Weeneebayko Area Health Authority: Moose Factory, Fort Albany, Attawapiskat, Moosonee, Kashechewan and Peawanuck

            Margaret Cochenour Memorial Hospital, Red Lake  William Osler Health System, Toronto

            Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto

            Winchester Hospital

            Norfolk General Hospital, Simcoe Windsor Regional Hospital

            North Bay General Hospital

            Woodstock General Hospital

            North York Hospital

            Northern College, Timmins


            Orillia Soldier’s Memorial Hospital


            Ottawa Civic Hospital


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