Hybrid Operating Suite 
We completed our $3-million fundraising campaign, thanks to many donors including those making future pledge payments. We extend a special thank you to campaign chair Dr. Jacques Tittley and his colleagues on the cardiac and vascular teams for their support. You can still donate to the program by clicking on the donate button in the sidebar.

Once complete, this operating suite will provide our cardiac and vascular surgeons with a state-of-the-art environment to perform safe and more innovative procedures and help save more lives.

What is a Hybrid Operating Suite?

The Hybrid Operating Suite will integrate imaging technology and surgical equipment to support a multidisciplinary team of experts performing minimally invasive surgeries and traditional open surgeries in one location.Hybrid Operating Suite equipment

The Hybrid environment represents the best practices and approaches to cardiac (heart) and vascular (blood vessel) surgery. Numerous benefits exist for patients who undergo procedures in the Hybrid Operating Suite, many of which are not possible through traditional surgeries. These benefits include:

  • Shorter surgical times
  • Faster recovery
  • Less pain
  • Smaller scars
  • Opportunities for patients to undergo procedures they would not qualify for otherwise
  • Lower risk of post-operative complications
  • Decreased use of anesthesia
  • Reduced need for some patients to undergo multiple procedures

The Hybrid Operating Suite is being constructed as a physical addition to the building. As of this writing, the aluminum-finish exterior cladding is being put in place, the exterior structure is being weatherproofed, the interior walls are being framed, and the ductwork and piping for the air-handling unit is being installed.Air-handling system being installed into Hybrid Operating Suite at Hamilton General Hospital

Read this article in The Hamilton Spectator about a unique “reverse” heart surgery performed at Hamilton General Hospital. This extremely rare procedure, which combines cardiac surgery and vascular surgery, could be performed more efficiently and safely in a Hybrid Operating Suite. Watch this video to learn more about the story.

Watch the video below to learn more about the Hybrid Operating Suite:

Learn more from the experts at Hamilton General Hospital:

Dr. James Velianou:

Dr. Jacques Tittley:

Dr. David Szalay:

Dr. Ted Rapanos:

Dr. Victor Chu:

Teresa Smith:

Hear from our patients about their experiences with the cardiac and vascular teams at The General: