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New operating rooms dedicated Sisters Hospital honors surgeon

Officials at Sisters Hospital held a dedication ceremony Monday for two new operating rooms that have been under construction for more than nine months.

Both feature advanced radiographic equipment intended to provide surgeons with the latest tools to treat vascular disease, strokes and other circulatory conditions.

"One of the new rooms will be used for the general surgical procedures. The other room will be dedicated mainly for the vascular and neurovascular procedures," said Dr. Naim Dawli, chief of surgery at Sisters Hospital.

"This room will be the first in the Catholic Health System and the first [of its kind] in this area, and we are very proud of that," Dawli added.

The $3 million project was funded, in part, by a $2 million grant from the Sisters Hospital Foundation, without which the project could not have been completed, said Peter U. Bergmann, president and chief executive officer of Sisters Hospital.

"We've seen a significant growth in our surgical services over the past several years, mainly in our geriatric center of excellence, in our neurosurgical services [and in] our vascular services," Bergmann said.

The hospital currently performs about 11,000 surgical procedures annually. The new surgical suite will allow for an additional 1,800 each year.

"This was an incentive to accommodate that volume to build two new [operating rooms] and bring in equipment that our surgeons were asking for. We really do want to put the tools that our surgeons need into their hands so that they can serve our community and provide high-quality care for the people of Western New York," he said.

Joseph Zdarsky, chairman of the Sisters Hospital Foundation, said the grant was the second largest ever made by the foundation.

The foundation named the new surgical suite in honor of Dr. Joseph Anain Sr., the hospital's former chief of vascular surgery who has been at the hospital for 40 years.

"It's also a privilege to honor Dr. Joseph Anain. Everyone knows that he is a pioneer in vascular surgery. He is a skilled surgeon, a respected colleague and a strong family man," Zdarsky added.

Members of Anain's family also attended the ceremony. They include four surgeons, who all practice at Sisters Hospital. Dr. Paul Anain, his son and partner, is the hospital's current chief of vascular surgery.


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