The Southern Alberta Institute of Urology (SAIU) is a centre of excellence in urological care, providing services for a number of conditions, including prostate, bladder and kidney cancer, kidney stones, urinary tract problems and sexual dysfunction. The Institute serves as a clinical hub for patient care and is also a focal point for researchers.
The Institute consolidates Calgary’s 14 adult urologists and the Prostate Cancer Centre on the Rockyview General Hospital site, where inpatient urology is centred. With offices, diagnostic imaging, procedure space and inpatient care all on one site, the SAIU is the largest and most comprehensive urology centre in Canada, and the first to offer a multidisciplinary patient-centred approach to urological care.
The SAIU was 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 the Institute to Southern Alberta.
More than 6,000 patients a month use the facility, which was officially opened in September 2010 by W. Brett Wilson and members of Daryl (Doc) Seaman’s family. Both were instrumental in the development of the centre.
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.W.Brett Wilson
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.DON R. SEAMAN (DOC'S BROTHER)
His vision could not have been achieved without the generous support of the philanthropic, business and medical communities.