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Allen T. Lambert Trauma and Neurosurgery ICU Opens

St. Michael's Hospital marked a significant milestone on Jan. 10, unveiling a new state-of-the art trauma and neurosurgery intensive care unit, making it the leading centre in the country, Hospital president and CEO Jeff Lozon said.

Toronto, January 23, 2007

St. Michael's Hospital marked a significant milestone on Jan. 10, unveiling a new state-of-the art trauma and neurosurgery intensive care unit, making it the leading centre in the country, Hospital president and CEO Jeff Lozon said.

Opening of the Lambert ICU

The new facility, named the Allen T. Lambert Trauma and Neurosurgery ICU, features high-tech equipment, more space and privacy for families, natural light and infection control mechanisms, all with the goal of providing patients with the very best care.

"This will be where the Hospital will showcase its leadership in leading with innovation and serving with compassion," medical director of the trauma and neurosurgery ICU Dr. Andrew Baker said. "This is where we can show, in real terms, the culture of discovery and the culture of caring in action."

The new unit offers barriers and air-controlled elements to prevent the spread of infection, natural light that will help reorient patients awaking from a coma, new patient care technology, a crisis room, patient lounge, room for families, doctors, nurses, patients, chaplains and social workers to talk together at the patient's bedside and two negative pressure rooms.

Beyond the state-of-the-art technology, the Hospital staff and their commitment to caring have defined the facility, Lambert's son Bill said during a ceremony to mark the official opening.

"When we look at this facility and the technology here … none of that would be of any value without the people who are working here," Lambert said. "I would like to express my gratitude and admiration for all of you working to help other people."

"Funds raised for the first-class facility came from an outpouring of support from our donors, the provincial government and Brookfield Asset Management," Hospital foundation president Alayne Metrick said. "Without this generous support, and the hard work of our fundraising volunteers and staff, construction of this Unit would not have been possible."

The new ICU opened January 30, 2007.