Humber River Regional Hospital first community hospital in Canada to acquire a da Vinci surgical robot

Acquisition made possible thanks to generous donation by Helen and the late Murphy Hull

TORONTO, Feb. 21, 2012 /CNW/ - Toronto's Humber River Regional Hospital has become the first community hospital in Canada to acquire a da Vinci surgical robot. Humber River took delivery of the da Vinci robot in late December of 2011. The hospital's first case utilizing the new surgical robot is scheduled for April 10, 2012.

Funding for the robot was provided thanks to an exceptional $10 million donation pledged by Marian (Murphy) Hull and his wife Helen just prior to Murphy's passing in June of 2008. Murphy Hull was one of Canada's pre-eminent real estate developers, and one of Humber River Regional Hospital's most dedicated community champions. Mrs. Hull and her family came to Humber River in May of 2009 to publicly announce this wonderful gift to the hospital Murphy loved for so many years.


Dr. Rueben Devlin, President & CEO, HRRH

"Our acquisition of the da Vinci surgical robot is a milestone for our hospital in three ways. First, it provides our surgical program with the latest in minimally invasive surgical technology, enhancing an exceptional program. Second, it complements our plans to create North America's first fully digital hospital, now under construction here in Toronto. And third, it fits with our vision to maximize technology as an enabler of higher quality care, freeing physicians and staff to spend more personal time with patients and families."

Dr. Theadore Ptak, Gastroenterologist, HRRH

"The Hull family has left a lasting legacy for our community through their support for Humber River Regional Hospital. In our early days, Murphy and Helen Hull donated the property where our Finch site sits today. For three decades, Murphy served as Chair or Member of our Board of Directors. Now, Helen and her family continue that tradition, and celebrate the life of a great husband, father and citizen, through their financial support for our hospital."

Mr. Danny Minogue, CEO, Minogue Medical Inc.

"Minogue Medical Inc. is extremely proud to be associated with the great Humber River Regional Hospital, and congratulates Humber for being the first Community Hospital in Canada to acquire the latest in surgical technology: the da Vinci Si Surgical Robot with Skills Simulator. The da Vinci Robot allows for extremely precise surgical procedures to be done with minimal pain, promoting rapid recovery and a faster discharge from hospital."

The da Vinci Surgical Robot:

The da Vinci Si System retains and builds on the core technology at the heart of the existing da Vinci and da Vinci S Systems:

  • Advanced 3D HD visualization with up to 10x magnification and an immersive view of the operative field
  • EndoWrist® instrumentation with dexterity and range of motion far greater than even the human hand
  • Intuitive® Motion technology, which replicates the experience of open surgery by preserving natural eye-hand-instrument alignment and intuitive instrument control

Together, these technological advancements provide unparalleled precision, dexterity and control that enable a minimally invasive approach to many complex surgical procedures.

Humber River Regional Hospital:

Humber River Regional Hospital is one of Ontario's largest regional acute care hospitals, serving more than 850,000 residents in the northwest Greater Toronto Area, one of Canada's fastest growing and most ethnically diverse communities.

Humber River Regional Hospital, affiliated with the University of Toronto, operates on three sites (Church Street, Finch Avenue and Keele Street) with a total of 549 beds, 3,000 staff, and approximately 600 physicians. Its Emergency Program sees approximately 95,000 patients on an annual basis and the maternal newborn program delivers approximately 4,600 babies each year.

Humber River Regional Hospital's new state-of-the-art acute care facility is currently being constructed on a block of approximately 27 acres at Keele Street and Highway 401 in northwest Toronto. When finished it will be the first fully digital hospital in North America.

Image with caption: "Humber River Regional Hospital physicians with the hospital's newly acquired da Vinci surgical robot: (l-r) Dr. Theadore Ptak, Gastroenterologist; Dr. Charles Radzinski, Head, Division of Urology; Dr. Peter Kong, Urologist; and Dr. Jack Barkin, Chief of Staff. (CNW Group/Humber River Regional Hospital)". Image available at:

SOURCE Humber River Regional Hospital

For further information:

Gerard Power
Public and Corporate Communications
t. 416-243-4448
f. 416-243-4289

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