New Cardiac Hybrid Operating Room slated for McCaig Tower at Foothills Hospital

If you think about the fact that one in two people in Southern Alberta will require some sort of cardiac care or cardiac diagnostic imaging in their lifetime, meeting those needs at the Foothills Medical Centre (FMC) in new ways that are more efficient and safer, less costly and less invasive just makes sense.

That’s where the Cardiac Hybrid Operating Room (OR) comes in.

Cardiac and vascular patients often undergo highly invasive and complex surgeries. They require a wide array of specialists, can experience long recovery times and possibly need multiple operations. With the new hybrid OR, clinicians can work together in the same space to treat certain conditions quicker and safer, lessening the number of procedures each patient goes through. Incorporating new diagnostic imaging equipment such as x-rays, CT scans, ultrasound machines and MRIs in one room, doctors have the advantage of real-time imaging to aid in performing less invasive procedures. This can help to free up operating rooms and shorten the wait time for surgeries.

“The sky’s really the limit with the hybrid operating room and the type of procedures that we’re going to be doing,” says Dr. Todd Anderson, director of the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta. “It really allows a collaborative team effort to come together in one spot.”

The Calgary Health Trust (CHT) is currently partnering with Alberta Health Services and Foothills Medical Centre to fundraise $4.6 million to equip the new cardiac and vascular hybrid OR in the McCaig Tower. On November 1, 2012, CHT will host the Foothills Medical Centre Cabaret at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in support of this project. Musical guests include The Temptations, featuring Dennis Edwards.


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