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New technologies transform patient care

By Sandhya Padmanabh

10/12/2016

SASKATOON — St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation hosted a double grand opening Oct. 4 celebrating the installation of a medical imaging SPECT-CT and new operating theatre technology at St. Paul’s Hospital.

“With these advancements, our donors have brought a new level of excellence to our hospital,” said foundation CEO Bruce Acton. “We are forever grateful to all our donors for their support and their commitment to excellence, innovation and advanced patient care in Saskatchewan.”

The opening celebrations included a VIP tour showcasing the patient impact of the advancements on the diagnostic imaging and operating theatre environment.

“The SPECT-CT is the top-of-the-line gamma camera in this city,” said Dr. Sundeep Nijjar, division head of Nuclear Medicine. “It combines a nuclear medicine gamma camera with the latest diagnostic CT technology to provide advanced imaging, ensuring we can diagnose and provide the best and most appropriate treatments for patients.”

Advancements to the operating theatres include six integrated suites and state-of-the-art technology that meets the needs of new and rapidly evolving surgical procedures as well as dramatically increasing operating theatre efficiency, resulting in better patient care and reduced surgical wait times.

The new facility housing the SPECT-CT will now be called the David and Karen Holst Family Foundation SPECT-CT Suite in recognition of a major gift from the Holsts, along with additional gifts from Jack and Shirley Brodsky, Joe Remai, and the Dakota Dunes Community Development Corporation.

Since its inception in 1982, SPH Foundation has raised more than $90 million in donor support for transformative medical advancements at St. Paul’s Hospital.

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