Advancing Patient Care Excellence

Donors like you are instrumental in keeping Royal University Hospital (RUH) at the forefront of modern medicine in Saskatchewan. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, Royal University Hospital Foundation granted $7.8 million in 2023–24 to fund priority needs at RUH.

Your support is paving the way for a transformation of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab, commonly called the Cath Lab. It’s also providing RUH with the additional resources to purchase, for example, its first state-of-the-art SPECT-CT imaging scanner, an adult simulation manikin used during trauma training, four surgical lights for operating rooms, a medical slush machine used during the transplant process to rapidly cool tissue and organs, and mental health sensory room equipment.

Your gift makes a world of difference for so many patients and their medical teams at RUH. For example, cardiologists in the Cath Lab use medical imaging and X-ray equipment to see inside the heart and perform minimally invasive procedures like stents to treat clogged arteries to reduce and prevent heart attacks. Thanks to you, they will soon have the newest technology and equipment to save the lives of more lives of their patients with life-threatening heart conditions.

“The generosity of RUH Foundation and its donors will enable us to perform more life-saving procedures with greater precision and that are safer for patients and our medical teams,” says cardiologist and Cath Lab Medical Director Dr. Jason Orvold. “This support will help us reduce wait times for current procedures, provide new treatment options and assist in the recruitment and retention of the next generation of cardiologists at RUH.”

More than 3,200 procedures were done last year in the two units of the Cath Lab, which opened in 2012. Maintaining and increasing that number had become a concern in recent years because the equipment in the older unit is nearing the end of its life. Fortunately, donors like you responded wholeheartedly when the call came to help modernize the aging unit.

When the Cath Lab’s upgrade is completed later in 2024, it will be known as the Walter and Margaret McNabb Catheterization Lab in
recognition of the couple’s $2 million support of the project.

Thank you to Walter and Margaret McNabb and the many other donors for ensuring that Saskatchewan residents have access to the most specialized complex and life-saving care at RUH.

Read more inspiring stories in our 2023–2024 Gratitude Report.