Enhancing the Surgical Hub of St. Joseph's

doctors perform surgery on patient in the operating room

Your support is needed to help us take our operating rooms from aging to leading-edge, so our surgeons and nurses can continue to offer the efficient surgical experience in hand and upper limb, breast, urological and eye care.

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Technology has changed and our operating rooms need to change too

Today, more than 22,000 patients rely on us for same-day and short-stay surgeries each year so they can get back to their lives as quickly as possible.

After almost 13 years, the 11 operating rooms at St. Joseph's Hospital are no longer cutting edge. Our equipment – lighting (needed to light the surgical field), video systems (needed to see the procedure), and boom arms (used to house other technology) – is rapidly reaching the end of its life.

This infrastructure is becoming unreliable, causing operating room closures due to technology and equipment failure. Obsolete technology, like lights that cast shadows and low-resolution video screens, also make the surgical experience less efficient, posing a significant risk to our ability to provide care and contributing to delays.

We need to act now to ensure the best possible surgical experience in the years to come. And we need your help to make it happen.

Your gift can ensure surgical excellence for so many

The surgeries performed at St. Joseph’s change the lives of people across our region each day and have a direct impact on the following areas of care: 

  • Dentistry
  • Gynecology
  • Eye Surgery through the Ivey Eye Institute
  • Lithotripsy (disintegrating kidney stones)
  • Breast Surgery through the Breast Care Program
  • Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat)
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery through the Roth McFarlane Hand and Upper Limb Centre
  • Urology (prostate, kidney, and bladder cancer) 

Community support is the only way to upgrade our operating rooms before time runs out on our current equipment. The total cost to upgrade all 11 operating rooms is $3.9 million.

The need is critical, and every donation will make a difference in surgical care.

Funding need: $3.9 million

“Think about how much technology has changed in 13 years. What was your TV like versus what it’s like now? We’re trying to integrate with some of the most innovative technology in the world, but with an infrastructure that’s 13 years old.” 

Michael Leblanc
Biomedical Engineer Technologist

  • Your Donation Matters Here

    Your support is needed to help us take our operating rooms from aging to leading-edge, so our surgeons and nurses can continue to offer the efficient surgical experience in hand and upper limb, breast, urological and eye care.

    Dr. George Athwal