2017 Countdown: Our Top 10 Moments of the Year!

December 1, 2017

As we reflect on this past year, we want to recognize our top ten favourite moments of 2017 – made possible by YOU, our generous donors.


#10: Humber Acquires Cysview + Blue Light Cystoscopy Equipment, to Better Detect Bladder Cancer


Did you know that we were the first hospital in Canada to use this technology to better detect bladder cancer? According to data provided by Cysview earlier this year, in 30% of cases this technology detects an additional tumor, and there is a 16% reduction in reoccurrence rates following treatment.

Special thanks to Sam and Donna Ciccolini for helping us bring this technology to Humber.


#9: Our Maternal and Child Program is 1st in Ontario to Welcome Lucina


This high fidelity obstetrics simulation robot allows Humber staff to practice delivering babies in a controlled environment.


#8: Humber Receives LEED Gold Certification


Our energy efficient building saves Humber millions of dollars annually that is reinvested in patient care. Our building has 100% fresh air circulation, a 13K square meter green roof, and 96% of construction waste was diverted from landfill.


#7: Humber uses state-of-the-art fluorescent imaging technology for its breast reconstruction program


An injectable dye and special imaging equipment helps plastic surgeons determine healthy tissue and improve breast reconstruction outcomes after mastectomy.

Special thanks to the Paul B. Helliwell Foundation for helping us bring this technology to Humber.


#6: Humber records busiest day on record in the ER


Almost 500 patients are seen in a 24 hour period, making Humber River Hospital’s Apotex Emergency Department the busiest single site ER in Ontario.


#5: Humber voted #1 in patient satisfaction among large GTA community hospitals


According to the CIHI and the NRC Patient Experience Survey Results, we were also rated 6th overall in Ontario!


#4: Humber Opens OR 16


Every year this means: 710 new inpatient cases, 485 new day surgery cases, and 1,195 more lives changed.

Thank you to all of our our guests, sponsors, and committee members of The River Ball: Havana Nights by the River.

#3: Alex Christofides is the Foundation’s 2017 Humber Hero



Alex is a Child Life Specialist who makes a difference for our paediatric patients every single day through the Hug and Hold Program. Alex makes surgery less scary, by showing the kids and their parents what will happen using a medical teaching kit. The parents are invited into the operating room to be there as their child falls asleep. Alex has been leading the program since she proposed it in 1998. Congratulations Alex! To watch the full video, click here.


#2: Humber surgeons perform Canada’s first Ventral Hernia Repair with da Vinci Surgical Robot



The robot enables Dr. MacLellan and Dr. Tan to perform complex abdominal wall procedures, which have previously only been performed in Canada with an open technique (which is much more invasive). This new minimally invasive approach decreases the risk of wound complications, results in less pain for the patient, and shortens length of stay in the Hospital.

The da Vinci Surgical Robot is the centerpiece of the Murphy and Helen Hull Robotics Centre at Humber River Hospital. The Centre was established thanks to a transformational donation from the late Murphy and Helen Hull.


#1: Humber River Hospital Opens First Hospital Command Centre in Canada


This year Humber River Hospital opened its first-in-Canada Hospital Command Centre, a state of the art, data-driven ‘mission control’ that will improve patient flow and allow us to serve 4,000 more patients per year!