SPY Intraoperative Imaging System

Dr. Alan Menkis (left) shown with Mr. Hartley Richardson and Mr. Gary Bachman with the new SPY Intraoperative Imaging System now in operation at St-Boniface Hospital

Dr. Alan Menkis (left) shown with
Mr. Hartley Richardson and
Mr. Gary Bachman with the new SPY Intraoperative Imaging System now in operation at St-Boniface Hospital

St-Boniface Hospital Foundation recently announced that $350,000 was raised through a fundraising effort led by Mr. Hartley T. Richardson and Mr. Gary Bachman. Monies raised will be used to purchase an innovative imaging technology called the SPY Intra-Operative Imaging System (SPY System) that helps doctors confirm a bypass surgery is successful, which will ultimately reduce complications and assist in avoiding repeat heart surgery. In a tradition of firsts, St-Boniface Hospital is the first hospital in Western Canada to obtain this visionary piece of equipment.

The SPY System was developed in Winnipeg and will be an excellent addition to the already highly advanced Cardiac Sciences Program at St-Boniface Hospital,” says Richardson, President & Chief Executive Officer, James Richardson & Sons Limited. “When we approached individuals in our community and across Canada and explained what the SPY System was capable of, there was no hesitation to support the purchase of this innovative new technology.” Richardson worked with Gary Bachman, President, Century 21 Bachman & Associates, to make the contacts and raise the necessary funds to buy the SPY System.

“As a cardiac patient at St-Boniface Hospital myself, I recognize the importance of having the most up-to-date equipment to ensure the best results,” says Bachman. “It was truly gratifying to see the number of our colleagues who also recognized that important need and who very quickly stepped up to help raise the money to buy this equipment.”

Traditionally, after bypass surgery, a surgeon makes an educated guess about whether new arteries are functioning properly. With the new SPY System, St-Boniface Hospital cardiac surgeons can eliminate that guesswork. SPY enables cardiac surgeons to simply and efficiently confirm proper placement of their bypass grafts and to visually assess the quality and effectiveness of those grafts while the patient is still in the operating room. Typically, doctors are only able to get an image of the heart after the patient is out of the operating room, in order to determine whether blood is flowing through the newly created vessels.