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Baldesarra $250,000 Gift for Robotics
date posted: November 15, 2012

For Immediate Release

Credit Valley Hospital Foundation Announces $250,000 gift for surgical robotics

Mississauga, ON, November 14, 2012 – The Credit Valley Hospital Foundation is very proud to announce a $250,000 gift from Frank and Raff Baldesarra towards the establishment of a surgical robotics program at Credit Valley.

“Our family is extremely pleased to invest in new surgical robotic capabilities for this hospital through our gift,” comments Frank Baldesarra. “We have been long-time supporters of Credit Valley, and feel very fortunate we can give back in this way.”

Continues Mr. Baldesarra, “Raff and I recently attended a demonstration at the hospital outlining how surgical robotics can dramatically improve cancer care for many in our community. We knew then that we wanted to be a part of bringing this program to Mississauga.”

Robotics has been used successfully worldwide in hundreds of thousands of procedures to date and raises the bar on overall patient outcomes and experiences significantly.

Robotic surgery allows for unparalleled precision, dexterity and control to perform complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach. Working at a console with robot-assisted tools that completely mimic the surgeon’s movements, the benefits to patients include much smaller incisions, far less blood loss, lower risk of complications, minimal scarring, less pain and a much shorter hospital stay.

 “We are very grateful to Frank and Raff for their generosity and leadership in helping to establish a surgical robotics program for our hospital, joining other community members in support of this important program,” says Kathy Hay, President and CEO, The Credit Valley Hospital Foundation.

“Robotics is the way of the future, and a technology that will give tremendous benefit for patients across our broad Hospital and the regions we serve,” she comments.  “As we begin our next phase of fundraising to benefit our Surgical Unit, in addition to the Emergency Department and Critical Care Unit, surgical robotics will have a pivotal role. We thank the Baldesarras, on behalf of our community, for sharing our surgeons’ vision to make robotics a reality.”

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Adds Dr. Tom Short, Chief of Surgery at Credit Valley, ““Bringing a surgical robotics program to our hospital, and working in collaboration with The Carlo Fidani Regional Cancer Centre, means a robust cancer care program for patients in Halton-Peel and West Toronto.  It also means patients will have a comprehensive, collaborative, state-of-the-art cancer centre providing the full spectrum of care available at the highest levels: surgical, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Furthermore, at this hospital, we have a critical mass of gynecologic and prostate cancer cases, which are two significant areas in which there is a proven clinical advantage to using robotics. We thank the Baldesarras for their generosity and foresight with this gift.”

About The Credit Valley Hospital Foundation and The Credit Valley Hospital

With more than 25 years of partnership with our community, The Credit Valley Hospital Foundation plays a crucial role in the advancement of health care for over one million people in Mississauga and the surrounding regions. Second only to the provincial government, the Foundation is the largest funder of The Credit Valley Hospital site - a regional leader in specialized programs for clinical genetics, renal, maternal-child care and oncology and houses the largest paediatric oncology satellite program in Ontario outside of the Sick Kids Hospital.

Credit Valley is part of the newly-merged The Credit Valley Hospital and Trillium Health Centre serving Mississauga, West Toronto and the surrounding communities. It is one of Ontario’s largest community-based academic health networks and has a teaching affiliation with the Mississauga Academy of Medicine at the University of Toronto Mississauga.


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Cathy Carter
Senior Director, Marketing and Communications
The Credit Valley Hospital Foundation
Office: 905-813-1100, ext. 6644