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Lions' owner David Braley donates $5 million to St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton

May 24, 2007 - Canadian Football League (CFL) - B.C. Lions News Release

(Hamilton, ON) - Residents of Hamilton and Ontario's central south region will soon see some dramatic enhancements to patient care facilities at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton. Following on the heels of Tuesday's strategic plan launch, President and CEO, Dr. Kevin Smith announced the Hospital's plans to significantly enhance its role as a regional leader in surgical innovation and kidney-urinary care through two key redevelopment projects.

Today, hundreds of staff and friends of the Hospital learned of a significant boost these plans have received via a $5 million donation by David Braley.

$1 million will support a new in-patient unit dedicated to comprehensive kidney-urinary care, further enhancing the clinical and academic scope of the McMaster Institute of Urology at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton and the Hospital's renowned Nephrology program. St. Joseph's is the regional centre for urology and nephrology, home to the busiest laparoscopic kidney and prostate surgery centre in Canada, the largest hemodialysis centre in Canada, and Hamilton's only organ transplant program.

$4 million will support the creation of eighteen new state-of-the-art operating rooms capable of offering the latest technologies to patients and supporting St. Joseph's Healthcare's role as a leader in the provision of cancer surgeries. St. Joseph's Healthcare already performs 44% of regional cancer surgeries and that number will grow to 60% in the next few years-including 90-95% of cancer surgeries in the thoracic and urologic areas.

"The end result will be enhanced patient care, world-class facilities and an unparalleled training ground for the healthcare professionals of tomorrow," states Dr. J. Paul Whelan, Director of the McMaster Institute of Urology at St. Joseph's Healthcare.

Kevin Smith concluded by stating "The Hospital's Board of Trustees and I take great care in establishing our priorities for the future of this Hospital. This gift is a bold investment in the continued excellence of surgical, urologic and kidney care which will provide state-of-the-art facilities for clinical and academic leaders to ensure our patients get the very best treatment."

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