New minimally invasive surgical suite at South Shore Regional Hospital now open

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BRIDGEWATER, N.S – A minimally invasive surgical (MIS) suite has officially opened its doors at South Shore Regional Hospital.

The first operation using the much sought-after MIS suite took place today, Tuesday, April 30.

Minimally invasive surgeries are now standard in operating rooms (ORs) across the province and opening this suite has long been a high priority for South Shore Regional Hospital.

The equipment used in MIS suites completes surgery through a few small incisions rather than one large opening, resulting in less pain, faster recovery and shorter hospital stays for patients.

Renovations to the existing operating room at South Shore Regional Hospital were completed in just four months. Funding for the MIS suite in Bridgewater was generously provided by Health Services Foundation of the South Shore donors, including a $1-million gift from real estate mogul Stephen Sander.

Mr. Sander immigrated to Canada with the assistance of the Town of Bridgewater in the 1960s, allowing him to successfully start and build his company, Hollyburn Properties.

“We’re incredibly excited to see work on our new minimally invasive surgical suite completed, both on schedule and on budget,” said Melanie Nauss, perioperative and surgical wait time manager at South Shore Regional Hospital.

“The MIS suite changes how many surgical procedures are performed which provides benefits for patients such as smaller incisions, less pain, faster healing and reduces recovery time. We are very thankful to the foundation and its contributors for their financial support and commitment to providing high-quality health care in our community.”

The new MIS suite will enhance care for patients by providing less invasive surgical interventions; improving safety, efficiency and communication in the operating theatre; and supporting recruitment and retention of surgeons and other OR staff.

Arleen Stevens, executive director of the Health Services Foundation of the South Shore, said this gift is Mr. Sander’s way of saying thank you to the town that gave him a fresh start.

“This is by far the largest initiative the health services foundation has ever taken on and to have Mr. Sander and his family make this project a reality is wonderful,” Stevens said.

“It has always been clear that Mr. Sander wanted to give back to ensure Bridgewater, the town that has meant so much to him, keeps growing and thriving. Now the south shore can benefit from this amazing MIS suite, which will increase the quality of health care locally and ensure we can retain and attract surgeons.”

The operating room will be named the Hollyburn Properties & Sander Family MIS Suite.

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For more information, please contact:

Alison Clements
Development Officer
Health Services Foundation of the South Shore
(902) 521-9522

NSHA Provincial Media Line: 1-844-483-3344

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