Leading-edge urology centre opens in
CALGARY – The $25 million Southern
Alberta Institute of Urology, which officially opened in Calgary at the
end of September, positions Alberta as a world-class leader in the
research and delivery of urological care.
The new institute consolidates Calgary’s 14 urologists and the Prostate
Cancer Centre on the Rockyview General Hospital site, where inpatient
urology is centred. More than 700 patients a month are expected to use
the new facility. The institute was officially opened by W. Brett Wilson
and members of Daryl (Doc) Seaman’s family. Both were instrumental in
the development of the centre.
“This facility is an outstanding example of community leaders working
tirelessly to enhance healthcare,” said Ann McCaig, Board Chair, Calgary
Health Trust. “Thanks to the commitment of Doc Seaman and Brett Wilson,
as well as other donors, thousands of patients will benefit from the
services offered here.”
The Institute is funded by a $10-million cornerstone donation to the
Calgary Health Trust from Daryl (Doc) Seaman and W. Brett Wilson. Both
men suffered from prostate cancer and contributed $5 million each to
bring this Institute to Southern Alberta.
Doc Seaman, who died in January 2009 after a long battle with prostate
cancer, would have been thrilled by the culmination of his efforts, said
his brother Don. “Doc’s interest in finding a better treatment for
prostate cancer came from our own family history,” said Seaman, whose
father and brother Byron have also struggled with the disease.
“Thanks to these generous donations, Alberta Health Services can provide
improved access to quality healthcare,” said Ken Hughes, Chair, Alberta
Health Services Board. “This is a wonderful example of the impact that a
powerful partnership between visionary individuals, the Calgary Health
Trust, the Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services can have in
Don R. Seaman, Doc’s surviving brother said, “The Seaman Family is
pleased that Doc’s dream has finally become a reality. Since 1999, he
worked tirelessly in favour of integrating the urology medical and
support staff to improve access and decrease wait times for the number
one disease affecting men. His vision could not have been achieved
without the generous support of the philanthropic, business and medical
“Although Doc Seaman and I came from different generations, we shared
the same vision for this facility – a centre of excellence with
coordinated care for “below the belt” issues – care that wasn’t
available when we both battled prostate cancer. As survivors, prevention
and early detection of urological issues has been a primary focus of our
philanthropy and is a major mandate of the SAIU. I’m still in awe that
Doc Seaman allowed my name to stand beside his on this project, and I’m
honoured that it does,” said W. Brett Wilson.
The Southern Alberta Institute of Urology is a centre of excellence in
urology care, providing services for a number of conditions, including
prostate, bladder and kidney cancer, kidney stones, urinary tract
problems and sexual dysfunction. The Institute will serve as a clinical
hub for patient care, and will also become a focal point for
The co-location of these resources provides patients with comprehensive
urological care in one location. The centre is the first of its kind in
Canada, and will ensure Alberta Health Services is able to maximize all
urological resources to provide patients with the best possible care.
The Calgary Health Trust connects donor passions with healthcare needs.
It touches lives in the community by raising funds for enhanced
technology, programs and services at the Foothills Medical Centre, Peter
Lougheed Centre, Rockyview General Hospital, Women’s Health, Carewest
continuing care centres and other community health programs and
Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible
for planning and delivering health support and services for more than
3.7 million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to
provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and
sustainable for all Albertans.
Posted October 7, 2010