Multipurpose Interventional Suite now open thanks to donors

Dear Donor and Friend,

On Tuesday, October 23rd, Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation and Fraser Health held the official ribbon cutting ceremony of the Multipurpose Interventional Suite (MPIS). This was the culmination of a successful two-year campaign by RCHF to raise $2.8 Million towards the $5 million procedural room. Thank you to all of you who were able to attend. We understand that there are many of our friends and donors who were unable to make the event and so we wanted to share some of the day’s highlights with you.

This new interventional suite is a unique collaboration that ensures that cardiac, stroke and aneurysm patients are going to get the specialized care they need closer to home thanks to the generosity of individual, corporate and community donors like you in partnership with the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation and Fraser Health. This partnership and the opening of the new suite, demonstrates the power of donors to advance health care.

Dr. William Siu, Medical Director of Neurology and Interventional Radiologist and Department Head of Medical Imaging at RCH; Tim Delesalle, grateful patient and donor; Dr. Nigel Murray, President and CEO for Fraser Health; Harry Bloy, MLA for Burnaby-Lougheed; Adrienne Bakker, RCHF President and CEO and Belle Puri, Board Chair for RCHF and Dr. Jorge Bonet, Medical Director, Fellow of Royal College of Physicians and Head of Cardiology at RCH, cutting the ribbon of the new Multipurpose Interventional Suite at RCH.

“This is only the second biplane angiographic machine in the province and it allows specialist-trained physicians at RCH to perform sophisticated interventional procedures with the upmost precision, efficiency and safety,” said Dr. William Siu.

Dr. Jorge Bonet, Medical Director, Fellow of Royal College of Physicians and Head of Cardiology at RCH.

“The new state-of-the-art facility enables RCH to permanently cure most patients with a history of often disabling, sometimes lifelong or life-threatening tachyarrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythms),” said Dr. Jorge Bonet, Medical Director, Fellow of Royal College of Physicians and Head of Cardiology at RCH. “In addition we can implant cardiac defibrillators, devices which not only save lives but can also significantly improve a patient’s symptoms and quality of life. The MPIS signals a long-term commitment by Fraser Health for the best possible cardiac, aneurysm and stroke care to patients.”

Tim Delesalle, RCH cardiac patient and MPIS donor, with his wife, Karen.

“It is crucial that RCH has the necessary tools to provide the best care possible,” said Tim Delesalle, heart attack patient and survivor and donor to the MPIS. Tim and Karen Delesalle attended the ribbon cutting ceremony and told their story.

We would like to thank Wesgroup Properties, Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation of Canada, Tim and Karen Delesalle and the Delesalle Family, RBC Foundation, McLean Foundation, TD Canada Trust, Thrifty Foods, Lohn Foundation, StanJean Foundation, Mclean Budden, McQuarrie Hunter, Burnaby Firefighters Charitable Society, Mainland Sand and Gravel Ltd., Winvan Paving Ltd. and Mott Electric and the many other individual and anonymous donors who have partnered with Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation and Fraser Health to make the MPIS possible.

With our gratitude and kind regards,

Adrienne Bakker
CEO and President
Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation