The next frontier of robotic surgery

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton became the first hospital in South Central Ontario to purchase the da Vinci Surgical Robotic System in 2012 and now, in the Boris Family Centre for Robotic Surgery, we boast one of the country’s top robotic surgical programs. But now is the time to invest in the next frontier of robotic surgical care at St. Joe’s.

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation is currently raising $6 million to bring the next generation of the da Vinci Surgical Robotic System to Hamilton.

With the da Vinci robot, St. Joe’s completes 350 robotic surgery procedures each year for patients in need of lung cancer (thoracic) removal, prostate, kidney and bladder cancer treatment, and head and neck surgeries. And as leaders in the education and training of the next generation of surgeons, it’s important that we keep our technology up-to-date.

Ron Black, co-owner of AIM and General Manager of AIM Recycling Hamilton, believes our community deserves the best care available. This is why AIM Recycling has made a leadership donation of $1.5 million toward the purchase of the next generation da Vinci Robot at St. Joseph’s.

“We chose to invest in St. Joe’s Surgical Robotics Program because innovation and leading-edge technology are essential to providing our employees, their families and friends the best in healthcare,” shared Ron Black.  “By contributing to the purchase of the next generation surgical robot, we are ensuring St. Joe’s world-class surgeons and robotics program will continue to lead the way in patient care and research right here in our region.”

Robotic surgery already offers smaller incisions, shorter recovery times, reduced hospital stays and less trauma, but with the new da Vinci XI Surgical System we will also offer revolutionary anatomical access for surgeons, as well as crystal clear 3D HD visualization for the greatest precision.

In total we’ve raised $3 million toward our $6 million goal, but we still need your help! Robotic surgery technology and equipment is not covered by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term care, which means the program is largely philanthropy-driven. Support us as we work to bring the next frontier of robotic surgery to St. Joe’s.