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Thursday July 2nd, 2015

Posted at 8:06pm

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A room was dedicated today at Windsor Regional Hospital’s Metropolitan Campus Thursday in honour of Caesars Windsor’s significant contributions to the recently completed It’s In Your Jeans capital campaign.

The casinos contribution helped establish the Dr. Richard Boyd Regional Comprehensive Men’s Health Program. Specifically, the funds have purchased a series of high performance laboratory and diagnostic equipment that will aid in the processing of biopsy samples.

A multi-headed teaching microscope allows for on-site review of microscopic slides by up to five Pathologists as well as teaching of medical residents. The addition of a high definition digital microscopic network camera, video conferencing equipment and high definition monitors has allowed for the expansion and establishment of ‘virtual’ pathologist rounding, review and consultation with pathologists from the Ouellette Campus and Chatham. This equipment not only facilitates real time review of microscopic slides but also helps to build collaboration as Pathologists can see and talk to each other as the microscopic slide images are shared. This benefits patients by allowing the entire team of pathologists to work together in real-time, in different locations, to work on complex cases and consult with colleagues. As part of the It’s In Your Jeans campaign capital purchases, it benefits men with a suspicion of prostate cancer, but also the community as a whole as it will be used to diagnose a variety of diseases in men, women and children.

“Recent studies have shown a team approach to cancer diagnosis benefits patients by providing more precise diagnosis and prognostic information necessary for optimal treatment recommendations. For a team of pathologists to work together in real time, a special multi-headed microscope is needed. The generous donation by Caesars Windsor made possible the purchase of such equipment at Windsor Regional Hospital. With the digital web camera attachment, pathologists and their students at the two campuses cannot only work on complex cases together, but also consult with colleagues at other hospitals to the benefits of our patient”, stated Dr. David Shum, Chief of Pathology.

This contribution brings Caesars Windsor’s investment in local cancer care to over $500,000. “This contribution will have a huge impact on men in our community. Thanks to the generosity of Caesars Windsor, President and CEO Kevin Laforet, his excellent staff and Caesars Windsor guests; your commitment to our community and to building a healthier Windsor-Essex is commendable”, stated Houida Kassem, Manager and Director of Development at the Foundation.

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