Shorter Surgical Times Thanks to New Hybrid Operating Suite

A photo of the equipment in the Hybrid Operating Suite

HAMILTON, ON: Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation, along with donors and clinical teams, celebrated the opening of the new Hybrid Operating Suite at Hamilton General Hospital on November 7, 2019.

Funded by donors, the Hybrid Operating Suite environment represents the best practices and approaches to cardiac (heart) and vascular (blood vessel) surgery. It integrates imaging technology and surgical equipment to support a multidisciplinary team of experts performing minimally invasive surgeries and traditional open surgeries in one location.

Benefits to patients 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

“Our teams will become more efficient because of the state-of-the-art equipment,” says Patty Walton, Clinical Manager of Perioperative Services at Hamilton General Hospital. “A sincere and heartfelt thank you to the community for coming together and supporting the construction of the Hybrid Operating Suite.”

The Hybrid Operating Suite will help Hamilton Health Sciences stay on the leading edge of cardiac and vascular care for patients from across the region.

“The treatment of cardiac and vascular diseases has always been a flagship program in Hamilton,” says Dr. Jacques Tittley, a vascular surgeon at Hamilton General Hospital and Physician Campaign Chair. “This new suite allows us to keep up with our national and international leadership, and provides us with opportunities to seek out new strategies for treating cardiac and vascular diseases.”

The new suite will also enhance staff education and training, ensuring that the next generation of doctors are prepared to treat complex cardiac and vascular cases.

“The Hybrid Operating Suite is extremely beneficial for training,” explains Dr. David Szalay, the Division Head of Vascular Surgery at Hamilton General Hospital. “Our residents will become comfortable and knowledgeable about using the most modern equipment. This will prepare them with the skills to practice in any leading cardiac and vascular surgical centre in the world.”

Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation is thankful to all donors who contributed to the campaign, including a transformational gift from the late Ronald V. Joyce and The Joyce Family Foundation, as well as contributions from several long-standing supporters.

“It’s gratifying to know that the fundraising efforts of our community are enabling the cardiac and vascular teams to provide an even greater level of care to patients in need,” says Pearl Veenema, President and CEO of Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation. “The very act of giving speaks volumes, and donors have our gratitude for playing such a major role in helping us build this exceptional suite.”

To watch a video tour of the Hybrid Operating Suite, visit


Media Contact:

Aaron Lam
Marketing and Communications Officer
Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation
905-521-2100 ext. 42732

About Hamilton General Hospital Foundation:

Hamilton General Hospital Foundation, as part of Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation, provides vital funding to enable the best possible patient care at Hamilton General Hospital, including the Regional Rehabilitation Centre. The Foundation inspires and motivates gifts that fund medical equipment and patient amenities, innovative research initiatives, essential redevelopment of clinical care spaces, and the education and training of health care providers.

Hamilton General Hospital is home to the highest volume cardiac surgical centre and integrated stroke programs in Ontario. It is also one of only two adult regional burn centres and the second busiest trauma program. Co-located at the Hospital is the Regional Rehabilitation Centre, which provides intensive therapy for patients recovering from a stroke, acquired brain injury, amputation or spinal cord injury.