St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton unveils state-of-the-art surgical centre

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With members of the media, staff, and donors in attendance, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH) officially unveiled its brand new, state-of-the-art Surgical Centre at a grand opening ceremony held in September. Located on the north-east corner of James Street and St. Joseph’s Drive in Hamilton, Ontario, the modern exterior of the new centre compliments the technologically-advanced surgical facilities and equipment housed within it.

“St. Joseph’s Healthcare’s long legacy of surgical excellence continues with the 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 frontline 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 project features 12 new operating rooms, 24 post-anesthesia care beds, a 50-bed day surgery unit, a minor procedures area, and a new sterile processing department. The new operating rooms are some of the most state-of-the-art 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.

“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,” said Dr. David Higgins, President of SJHH. “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. A $4 million investment in St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton from B.C. Lions and Toronto Argonauts owner Senator David Braley and his wife, Nancy Gordon, was recognized during the ceremony through the unveiling of a sign denoting the David Braley & Nancy Gordon Surgical Wing.