Welcome to the Grand Opening of the MDRD!
Friday June 1st 2018 was a significant day for us all at Saan Pen, the grand opening of the MDRD! The MDRD (or Medical Device Repurposing Department) is the last piece of the project to create a modern OR suite at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital. We invited along some special guests, including staff from Saan Pen and Island Health, and many of the donors whose contributions have made the project possible.
Paul Hames, SPHF President, spoke a few words of thanks to everyone who had been involved in the fundraising, design and construction of the MDRD and the whole 3-step OR, pre- and post-op area and MDRD.
“During my time on the board of the Foundation I’ve been inspired by the work of the Saanich Peninsula Hospital’s doctors, staff and volunteers. We’re proud to support the work of these dedicated professions.
This project would not have happened without our donors. It’s because of you that we’ve reached a contribution level of 95% towards this project which is more than $3.5 million. If you reflect, this is on top of $2.8 million for the Trevor Deeley Pre- & Post- op area, and $5.2 million for the three new ORS. We can rightly feel a sense of ownership of these important modernisations of this hospital. I just did the math, since 2012 our donors have brought over $9.5 million to the hospital! That’s something to be very proud of.
On behalf of the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation I’d like to express deep appreciation to Cascadia Architecture; as well as Island Health Architect John Wilds, who has provided great support; and the staff of CanPro Construction who were very considerate of hospital staff. Most importantly to you as donors, Can Pro brought the project in on time, and under budget.
Many thanks as well to Barb Molberg, recently retired Clinical Coordinator of Surgical Services, and her successor Troy Corville, as well as the staff who maintained a sense of humour during the construction. Before I turn the podium over to Barb and Troy I also want to make a special thanks to Karen Morgan (Executive Director, SPHF) who’s been part of the project since the beginning.”
“Thanks for coming out today. I was the Clinical Coordinator of Surgical Services until January when I retired. I was reflecting back, and it was in October of 2006 when I went to my first meeting about this project which was going to be the ORs, the recovery area, the Endoscopy and the MDRD. When I look back now I think over those 12 years what we’ve done: it is incredible that it’s all been done from the wonderful donations – and the Foundation – working together to get us to this point. I just can’t tell you how much I appreciate the community we have here, and everyone who thinks of SPH as ‘their hospital’. All the years I worked here – twenty years – I was so proud to work here. This MDRD that you’re going to be touring today is so incredible, so beautiful, it’s state-of-the-art, and I’m just so proud to have been part of all of this.
I left at the end of January, and left the last few bits of the project to Troy Corville, he did a fabulous job of pulling it all together. I’m proud to show it to you today along with the MDRD staff. We’re proud of the completion – the loop has been closed!”
“Thank you – well I have to say, like many here, I grew up on the Peninsula, I came to the hospital with a broken hand as a kid. I’ve been here multiple times with my parents and my grandparents over the years. This has been one of the most fantastic places our community has to provide care for our community. It seems like a natural step, having my grandmother’s bench at the front of this hospital, to be a part of this team under such miraculous leadership. I feel like Willy Wonka today, I’m taking you to a place that you will never, ever see again. I can’t promise candy, and please don’t lick anything, but I welcome you to please come and take a look and take in everything that we’ve put together here.”
People then formed tour groups of 10 and were shown around the new facility by Barb, Troy and the MDRD staff. Afterwards there was time to compare notes, and share some cake, after all it really was an occasion to celebrate.
Missed the grand opening? We will be sharing a ‘Virtual Tour’ video soon for anyone who hasn’t been able to see behind the scenes yet.