View of the inside of a Hybrid Operating Suite

Campaign Update – July 2019

Progress on the Hybrid Operating Suite continues. Before the support beams were recently enclosed behind the walls of the Suite, a small group signed one of the beams. Permanently affixed to the beam is a message of gratitude on behalf of all the donors who made the Suite possible, along with a poem written by Aaron Lam of Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation. His words eloquently capture the true meaning of this new Suite.

The Best of Both Worlds

We give our thanks.
The best of both worlds
Come together
When we need it most.

We give our thanks.
Where the state of the art
And the skillful hand
Can save a life.

We give our thanks.
You made a difference.
We will always be grateful.
The best of both worlds.

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.

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.

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

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

Learn more from the experts at Hamilton General Hospital:

Dr. James Velianou from Hamilton General Hospital discusses empowering patients through philanthropy.

Dr. Jacques Tittley from Hamilton General Hospital discusses the importance of philanthropy in our health care system.

Dr. David Szalay of Hamilton General Hospital discusses philanthropy’s role in the healing process of patients.

Dr. Theodore Rapanos from Hamilton General Hospital explains the the need for funding to provide state-of-the-art care.

Dr. Victor Chu from Hamilton General Hospital talks about the challenge of budgetary constraints.

Teresa Smith, Vice President, Adult Regional Care, discusses why donor support is essential to health care.