Media Release

BUH Foundation Raising Funds for Surgical Department at BUH

April 24th 2024

North Battleford, SK – Battlefords Union Hospital (BUH) Foundation announces the latest capital campaign to raise funds for the Surgical Department at BUH. “Mission Possible” capital campaign will support the purchase of three new laparoscopic towers for the operating theatres at BUH, with a campaign goal of $530,000.

“We are pleased to support the passion and dedication of the surgical teams at BUH. They are committed to caring for and providing the best outcomes for their patients. If we can support them in this by helping to provide the best in medical equipment and technology, it will have a significant impact on patient care in The Battlefords,” expressed Leanne Ducommun, BUH Foundation Executive Director.

Laparoscopic Towers contain equipment needed for laparoscopic procedures, including video display, camera and light source. The current laparoscopic towers in use are twelve years old and have reached their end of life. Replacing the laparoscopic towers will expand the technological capabilities within the Surgical Department, providing increased benefits to the surgical teams and thereby the patients.

The expanded technological capabilities include monitors with brilliant 4K resolution providing crystal-clear images for improved visualization during surgeries. Surgical teams will see in greater detail than ever with superior image clarity, more accurate colour reproduction and enhanced light quality. New auto-light technology is designed to automatically adjust to provide consistent lighting based on anatomy, enabling surgeons to focus on the procedure at hand and nothing else. These new and improved benefits will allow surgeons to make critical decisions that can reduce the risk of complications; enhance precision during procedures; and continue to provide quality surgical care close to home by supporting surgeons within The Battlefords and encouraging visiting surgeons to serve at BUH.

Donor support and special events, including the upcoming 9th Annual “On Air: for Healthcare” Radio-thon will go towards “Mission Possible” capital campaign and the new laparoscopic towers. “On Air: for Healthcare” Radio-thon will run from 6am – 6pm on Friday, May 10th, live from the lobby at BUH. Donors may pledge their support in-person, via phone, 306-446-6652, or online,

“Every individual, business and community organization can play a vital role in enhancing the surgical services available to the residents of The Battlefords. Together, we can create a brighter future for healthcare in our community. Thank you to everyone who supports this latest campaign,” shares Cheryl Mitchell, BUH Foundation Board of Directors Chairperson.

Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that involves inserting a camera and light inside the patient, rather than performing an open procedure. Laparoscopic surgeries include general (ie. gallbladder & appendicitis), obstetrics and gynecological surgeries. Advantages include smaller incisions with reduced pain, shorter recovery time and less scarring; reduced risk of infections; and reduced hospital stays.

To learn more about “Mission Possible” capital campaign and how to donate, please call BUH Foundation, 306-446-6652

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