Lyle S. Hallman Foundation Invests $250,000

July 27th, 2011

Key Equipment for St. Mary’s Regional Cardiac Care Centre 

Representatives of the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation today presented a donation of $250,000 toward the purchase of a new $1.4 million x-ray camera for the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at St. Mary’s Regional Cardiac Care Centre. 

This cutting-edge technology will improve patient care and safety, and will replace a camera which was purchased when regional cardiac services were first launched at St. Mary’s in 2001. 

“The Lyle S. Hallman Foundation is extremely proud to support St. Mary’s Regional Cardiac Care Centre and its life-saving work,” says Laura Manning, Executive Director of the Foundation. “Helping to ensure that this leading group of experts has the tools it needs to keep our community well is a privilege.” 

The cardiac catheterization camera is one of the most critical pieces of diagnostic equipment that the Cardiac Centre team uses, and fulfilling the need for a new one is a top priority. 

So far, including this latest donation, $400,000 has been raised toward the purchase of the camera. 

This new machine will allow for more precise imaging so that fewer “views” will be needed to allow cardiologists to accurately determine whether a patient’s heart disease can be managed with medication or requires angioplasty or surgery. Fewer views also mean less radiation exposure for the patient and staff. Higher resolution imaging also assists cardiologists as they perform angioplasty to open blocked arteries.

It is the support of donors like the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation that allows us to enhance the quality care and support we provide our patients in our community and beyond,” says Peter Sweeney, President of St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation. 

It is hoped the new camera will be in operation sometime in 2012. The current camera and a second one purchased in 2003, allow the cardiac centre to perform nearly 3,400 diagnostic procedures a year and more than 1060 angioplasty procedures. 

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For more information: 
Peter Sweeney,
President, St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation
(519) 749-6797
psweeney@smgh.ca

Anne Kelly,
Communications Specialist, St. Mary’s General Hospital
519-749-6578, ext. 1501
akelly@smgh.ca 

Laura Manning,
Executive Director, Lyle S. Hallman Foundation
519-579-7351
info@lshallmanfdn.org 

About St. Mary’s General Hospital 

St. Mary’s General Hospital is a leader in the provision of adult acute health care to the residents of Waterloo Region and beyond. As a Regional Cardiac Care Centre, St. Mary’s provides a full range of cardiac services including angioplasty, pacemaker insertions, cardiac diagnostics, heart function and pacemaker clinics, inpatient cardiology and cardiac rehabilitation to patients in Waterloo Region, Wellington, Huron Perth and Grey Bruce Counties. St. Mary’s staff, physicians and volunteers proudly carry on the Mission and Vision of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Hamilton by delivering innovative, excellent, and compassionate care while embracing progress and leading change.

About Lyle S. Hallman Foundation 

The Lyle S. Hallman Foundation is a granting foundation continuing a tradition of giving, focused in its home of Waterloo Region, supporting health, education and children’s initiatives that inspire and grow individual and community potential. 

Lyle Hallman was a generous philanthropist who during the course of his lifetime (1922-2003) worked to make a lasting difference in the lives of the people of his home community of Waterloo Region. His strong commitment to education, health and children is reflected in the mission of the Foundation.

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