The Lois Hole Hospital For Women in Edmonton is getting close to raising the money required to buy a new state-of-the-art surgical robot.
In March 2013, the hospital launched a campaign to raise $3 million to buy its own Da Vinci robot. It's now $300,000 short of that goal.
“At this point in the game, we’re so close, we’re in that home stretch that we’re pretty confident we are going to get it before Christmas,” said hospital foundation spokeswoman Elise Cerny.
The Royal Alexandra Hospital has a Da Vinci robot but it can only be used for women’s surgeries one day a week.
Dr. Helen Steed has used the robot for surgeries. She says gives patients a better experience.
“With robotic surgery there is less bleeding in the surgery, less infection, and really it is the recovery part- the patient can literally go home the next day,” she said.
Once purchased, the Lois Hole Hospital would have the only robot in Canada dedicated solely to women’s health.