State-of-the-Art Trauma Operating Room Opens at Foothills Medical Centre

CALGARY – Patients with severe traumatic injuries now have access to faster diagnosis and more comprehensive treatment than ever before thanks to a state-of-the-art hybrid operating suite now open at Foothills Medical Centre. The Interventional Trauma Operating Room (ITOR) is the first operating room in North America and only the second in the world specially designed to control bleeding of patients with severe traumatic injuries.

The 150-square-metre, $6-million suite – funded by Calgary Health Trust and the Government of Alberta – is more than twice the size of a traditional operating room, and includes its own angiography suite, which allows surgical and diagnostic imaging teams to work on a patient simultaneously.

Media are invited to the grand opening and to interview Minister of Health, Fred Horne, as well as representatives from Calgary Health Trust and Alberta Health Services.

B-Roll footage of the facility it available at ftp://208.118.126.84,

User Name: media

Password: share

File: B-ROLL-ITOR-HD 

WHEN: March 27, 2013              

TIME: 2 - 3 pm            

WHERE: Media are to meet at the main entrance of McCaig Tower, where a Calgary Health Trust representative will escort them to the grand opening location.            

ADDRESS: McCaig Tower, Foothills Medical Centre, 3134 Hospital Drive NW WHO: Fred Horne, Minister of Health; Brenda Huband, Senior Vice President, Calgary Zone, Alberta Health Services; Dr. Andrew Kirkpatrick, Medical Director of Trauma Services, Alberta Health Services; Ann McCaig, Board Chair, Calgary Health Trust.

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Calgary Health Trust, a catalyst in health care philanthropy, connects donor passion with treatment, education and research priorities in the Calgary community. The incredible generosity of our donors has helped to raise more than $330 million for health care since 1996. These funds help advance technologies, programs and services at Foothills Medical Centre, Peter Lougheed Centre, Rockyview General Hospital, Women’s Health, Carewest continuing care centres, community health programs, the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Medicine and other health care organizations in our community.

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For more information, contact:

Nanica Brown, Communication Advisor                                       

403-990-8335

nanica.brown@calgaryhealthtrust.ca

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The Interventional Trauma Operating Room (ITOR) is the first operating room in North America and only the second in the world specially designed to control bleeding of patients with severe traumatic injuries.
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