Story courtesy St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation

On October 4, St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation (SPHF) hosted a double Grand Opening, celebrating the installation of a medical imaging SPECT-CT and new operating theatre technology at St. Paul’s Hospital.

Dr. Sundeep Nijjar, Division Head of Nuclear Medicine speaks to attendees at Behind the Curtain - the Grand Opening and VIP Tour of the new SPECT-CT Suite and Operating Theatre Advancements at St. Paul’s Hospital. Photo by Electric Umbrella.

Dr. Sundeep Nijjar, Division Head of Nuclear Medicine speaks to attendees at Behind the Curtain – the Grand Opening and VIP Tour of the new SPECT-CT Suite and Operating Theatre Advancements at St. Paul’s Hospital. Photo by Electric Umbrella.

“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 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. The grand 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.”

Grand Opening attendees receive a VIP tour of one of the new integrated suites in a St. Paul’s Hospital operating theatre. Photo by Electric Umbrella.

Grand Opening attendees receive a VIP tour of one of the new integrated suites in a St. Paul’s Hospital operating theatre. Photo by Electric Umbrella.

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.

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

David and Karen Holst cutting the ribbon at the Grand Opening of the David and Karen Holst Family Foundation SPECT-CT Suite at St. Paul’s Hospital. Photo by Electric Umbrella.

David and Karen Holst cutting the ribbon at the Grand Opening of the David and Karen Holst Family Foundation SPECT-CT Suite at St. Paul’s Hospital. Photo by Electric Umbrella.

 

Attendees (from left) Shirley Brodsky, Shell Balon, Dennis Balon and Jack Brodsky on a tour of the new SPECT-CT Suite at St. Paul’s Hospital. Photo by Electric Umbrella.

Attendees (from left) Shirley Brodsky, Shell Balon, Dennis Balon and Jack Brodsky on a tour of the new SPECT-CT Suite at St. Paul’s Hospital. Photo by Electric Umbrella.