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Equipment Recently Purchased

Over the years, donors have funded more than $26 million in equipment – equipment that our Hospital would not otherwise have been able to purchase.

Every day at our hospital a surgeon uses equipment purchased with donations to save lives; a seriously ill patient’s vital signs are monitored with equipment made possible through the generosity of donors like you; a patient’s cancer scare is ruled out with an MRI scan, right here in our community. There’s no question that donor dollars make a difference.

Here are some recently purchased items:

One of the three programs supported by our $6 million MRI & More campaign was vascular surgery. After years of planning and much work by many, GGH is set to open a brand new operating room specifically designed to perform minimally invasive vascular surgery (life and limb saving surgery on veins and arteries).

The room is a combination operating room and x-ray suite. It allows surgeons such as Dr. Hamid Nasser, GGH’s Chief of Surgery, to see inside a patient while performing key-hole-type vascular surgery. One example is the placing of a stent to open a blocked artery. The new equipment can even perform CT scans!

“Before minimally invasive vascular surgery, it used to be a big operation and we’d have to cut open patients through their abdomen,” explains Dr. Nasser. “They’d be in hospital for 7 days and it’d take them two to three months to recover.”

With minimally invasive surgery, the stent is inserted into an artery or vein through a small incision and its placement is guided by the surgeon referring to images produced in real time by a fluoroscope (x-ray machine).

“Patients are happy because they don’t have to stay in the hospital too long,” Dr. Nasser said. “They can quickly go back to their normal regular activities.”

The new high tech equipment cost $1.6 million and was purchased from money raised by GGH Foundation’s MRI and More campaign. We are one of just five hospitals in Canada with this equipment. The new OR was built with $2.2 million grant from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and $400,000 from the Hospital’s capital fund.

Hundreds of patients and families lives will be changed each year. Watch this video to see just one example.


Vascular surgery operating room



Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the Pulmonary Function Lab in the Respiratory Therapy department now has a Body Plethysmograph, otherwise known as a "body box." It is the gold standard for state-of-the-art lung function testing particularly for patients with obstructive lung diseases such as emphysema.

The machine was purchased with income generated from our Endowment Fund, at a cost of $90,000.

Body Plethysmograph,

New cardiac-critical care monitors were installed throughout the Hospital, in the areas where we care for the most ill patients.

The full system cost just over $1 million.

New cardiac-critical care

Epidural pumps for laboring moms in the Rotary Club of Guelph Family Birthing Unit.

Each epidural pump costs $6,000.

Epidural pump

Portable vital signs monitors – this is something we can never have enough of. The monitors enable staff to keep close track of a patient’s condition.

Each monitor costs $4,800.

Portable vital signs monitors

Our MRI scanner arrived in 2008 thanks to the overwhelming support of our community. More than 10,000 scans are performed each and every year.

The MRI scanner, its installation and costruction to house it cost $3.2 million.

M R I Scanner

A specialized laser in our Ambulatory Care Opthalmology Clinic, used mainly for cataract management. It provides significant improvements in technology, improved comfort, safety and techniques, and means that some patients no longer have to travel to London for care.

This piece of equipment cost $110,000.

eye laser

Rotary Club of Guelph Medical Education Centre…a learning place for medical students from the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, while they are completing placements at GGH. Our goal is to give students a second-to-none experience, with the hope that they will stay and practice medicine in our community.

medical students

Click here for a full list of funded items.