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SJRHF Dragons’ Den


The Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation’s “Dragons’ Den” style event (trademark licensing agreement with CBC), to be held April 7, 2018 at the Imperial Theatre, will showcase four innovative ideas for advancing the healthcare of New Brunswickers, presented by highly qualified, proven physician specialists. Four “Dragons” and a large audience of up to 800 guests will help select the top idea to receive up to $500,000 in funding.

On April 24, 2017, we held a “workshop” version of the event at the Saint John Theatre Company. During this smaller, test event, four presenting teams vied for a main prize of $75,000, the Irving Oil Audience Choice Award of $25,000, and third and fourth prizes of $12,500 each.

Each presenting team had a total of 20 minutes, including questions, to explain why their project should be granted the $75,000, during which time the Dragons asked probing questions about each project. Once all four teams presented, the Dragons met privately and came to an agreement on which project to fund.

With the Dragons’ support, we were thrilled to provide the top prize to Team ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation). Known as “cardiac bypass in a box”, ECMO provides those who have suffered cardiac arrest a 50% increased chance of survival, and in some cases, providing complete revival after prolonged periods of death.

The Irving Oil Audience Choice Award, when combined with contributions from the audience being matched by the SJRHF, we were pleased to fully fund a second project that evening; an emergency simulator mannequin for the NB Trauma Program.

The two remaining projects, each granted with $17,500: “Prehabilitation Program for Spinal Surgery Candidates with Cardiac Risk Factors” and “Investment Banking for Personalized Medicine: Taking the Lead in New 21st Century Treatment of Heart Patients in New Brunswick Heart Centre” remain top-priority projects for which further funding is needed. With support from the community, we are hopeful we will be successful in fully funding these two projects which will impact both cardiac and orthopedic patients.

We are committed to funding these projects, but to do so will take further community support. Should you wish to contribute, please visit donate below.

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