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South Shore Regional's MIS Suite Turns 1

                        MIStour       The Hollyburn Properties & Sander Family Minimally Invasive Surgical Suite at South Shore Regional Hospital is celebrating its first anniversary.

The $1.1-million operating theatre welcomed its first patient for a procedure April 30, 2019, after four months of construction.

Since then, 881 operations have taken place in the MIS Suite; 290 of which were laparoscopic. The number of cases is a bit lower than expected, given that perioperative services at South Shore Regional have been reduced to urgent and emergent cases, due to COVID-19.

The suite had been a wish of the hospital’s operating staff for a long time as the equipment has the capability to complete surgeries through a few small incisions rather than larger openings, resulting in less pain, faster recovery and shorter hospital stays for patients. Doctors and staff alike enjoy working in the MIS-Suite as they can maneuver and use the suite with ease and efficiency.

It has also allowed for laparoscopic hysterectomies to be performed at South Shore Regional for the first time.

The MIS Suite was made possible by community donations and completed with a $1-million donation from Stephen Sander; the physical education teacher-turned real estate success who received his start in Canada thanks to the town of Bridgewater. This donation was Mr. Sander’s way to thank the town for sponsoring his immigration to Canada in the 1960s. Mr. Sander was able to return to Bridgewater in October 2019. The Health Services Foundation, staff at South Shore Regional Hospital and the community are very grateful to Mr. Sander and his family for making this MIS Suite possible.

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