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Surgical systems

St. Joseph’s Hamilton opens new surgical centre

HAMILTON, Ont. – St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH) unveiled its new and innovative Surgical Centre at a grand opening ceremony earlier this month. The modern exterior of the new centre compliments the state-of-the-art facilities and equipment housed inside it.

Pictured: David Braley and Nancy Gordon, along with Chair, St. Joseph’s Health System, Sister Anne Anderson and Dr. Kevin Smith, President & CEO of St. Joseph’s Health System, unveiling the new David Braley & Nancy Gordon Surgical Wing.

“St. Joseph’s Healthcare’s long legacy of surgical excellence continues with today’s unveiling of our new Surgical Centre,” said Dr. Anthony Adili, Chief of Surgery at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. “This extraordinary Centre, paired with the latest in minimally invasive, image guided and robotic surgical equipment, and our outstanding team of surgeons, anesthetists, nurses and staff has elevated St. Joseph’s surgical program to a calibre that is unmatched in our region.

“It will enable our staff members to continue providing the very best surgical care to the patients we’re honoured to serve in Hamilton and its surrounding communities.”

St. Joseph’s new $72 million dollar project features 12 new operating rooms, 24 post-anesthesia care beds, a 50 bed day surgery unit, a minor procedures area, a new sterile processing department.

The new operating rooms are some of the most technologically advanced in North America and have been designed to suit the needs of St. Joseph's many surgical specialties. The new Centre is nearly double the architectural footprint of the Hospital’s current surgical facilities.

Hospital President, Dr. David Higgins notes, “St. Joseph's is already a lead surgical hospital specializing in thoracic, kidney and urinary, vascular, robotic, head and neck, bariatric, and minimally invasive surgical techniques.

“We’re the busiest urologic surgery centre in the province, and Ontario’s second largest kidney transplant centre. With numbers like that, it’s easy to see why the Surgical Centre is so important to the health of our region. The benefits it will bring, to staff members and patients alike, will be seen for decades to come as we surge to the forefront of surgical care, education and innovation.”

But the Surgical Centre isn’t just about state-of-the-art equipment. It was designed with the patient in mind. Rock walls and glass surfaces, and window-filled patient care areas bring the outdoors inside the new building. Soothing paint colours and traffic flow patterns have all been taken into account to make a patient and family’s journey as smooth and stress-free as possible. Study after study has demonstrated that these small touches can have a big impact on speeding healing and recovery.

Fundraising for the new surgical centre has been, and will continue to be, a top priority for St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation. Through its capital campaign, Timeless Care, Tomorrow’s Discoveries, the Foundation has already attracted several significant gifts to support the project including $1 million gifts from The Teresa Cascioli Charitable Foundation, and Chedoke Health Foundation. A $4 million investment in St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton from Senator David Braley and his wife, Nancy Gordon, was recognized through the unveiling of a sign denoting the David Braley & Nancy Gordon Surgical Wing.

“Our donors and grateful patients know how important it is to have exceptional surgical services right here, in our own back yard. We hope the community will continue to support surgical excellence at St. Joe’s, especially now, when their donation can be matched, dollar for dollar,” says Sera Filice-Armenio, President and CEO, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation.

Posted September 22, 2011