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
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
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: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120221_C6024_PHOTO_EN_10266.jpg
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