Toldo Foundation Continues Legacy Of Supporting Local Healthcare

Monday February 9th, 2015

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Tony G. Toldo, Josie Toldo and Michelle Toldo

A ceremony was held this morning to dedicate the Operating Room Family Waiting Room at Windsor Regional Hospital’s Met Campus.

It was dedicated in honour of the late Anthony P. Toldo and his wife, Josephine in recognition of the Toldo Foundation’s $500,000 contribution to the Windsor Essex County Cancer Centre Foundation’s It’s In Your Jeans campaign, which concluded last April.

The naming coincides with the release of the first official statistics related to the purchase and implementation of the da Vinci® Surgical Assisting Robot for prostatectomy surgeries.

“Our family is proud of the legacy my father and mother have left on this community, particularly in the area of local health care. Access to excellent men’s health was very important to my father and we are pleased to be a part of the new Men’s Health Program and the services the da Vinci® brings to our community”, stated Tony G. Toldo.

The Family Waiting Room is located just steps from the operating room that houses the da Vinci®. The multi-million dollar robot was delivered to Windsor Regional Hospital last July after five years of careful planning and campaigning.

Part of that planning included the recruitment of Stacey Dusik, Clinical Practice Manager, to the team. A resident of Windsor, Ms. Dusik brought with her over ten years of expertise with the da Vinci® Robot from Henry Ford Hospital in Michigan, under the direction of the developer of the da Vinci® robotic technique, Dr. Mani Menon. Dr. Menon is the world’s leading surgeon for robotic prostatectomies and one of the first doctors ever to perform nerve-sparing radical prostate cancer surgery.

Two of the hospital’s Urologists, Dr. Tom Deklaj and Dr. Raj Goel, had already had extensive training on the robotic surgery platform prior to joining Windsor Regional Hospital. Ms. Dusik spent the first three months training the remaining surgeons, along with the nursing and support staff.

On September 11th, 2014 the first prostatectomy procedure was completed; since then 22 more patients have benefited. “There’s been quite a buzz around the O.R.”, said Stacey. “Everyone wants to be involved, everyone wants to see it in operation.”

“More surgeries have already been booked” adds Pat Galbraith, Medical Secretary responsible for surgery bookings and coordination. “Our patients are ecstatic and I’m so happy for them! They feel good, they’re happy with the results, and they say they have very little discomfort from the surgery – their only complaint is they wish the catheter wasn’t so uncomfortable!”

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