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Shuswap Hospital Foundation kicks off new fundraising campaign
The Shuswap Hospital Foundation (SHF) is pleased to announce a new fundraising campaign, to raise money for the purchase of a replacement CT scanner and the establishment of a new mammography screening and diagnostic program at Shuswap Lake General Hospital (SLGH).
With the financial support from the Shuswap Hospital Foundation, the Ministry of Health has approved the purchase of the replacement CT scanner as well as the creation of the new mammography screening and diagnostic program. The Foundation has committed to raise 75 per cent of the approximate $4.4-million projects.
The current CT scanner – purchased in 2009 after a successful campaign by the Foundation and its donors – is in need of replacement. A new CT scanner, used as a diagnostic tool, will have the latest in technology and will provide shorter tests in some instances.
The funding of a mammography unit will provide the new mammography and breast health program with the ability to conduct diagnostic tests at SLGH, allowing patients to avoid travel to Vernon or Kamloops.
The foundation is kicking off a $3.3-million fundraising drive to help with the purchase of the CT scanner, the mammography unit and supporting equipment, as well as the costs associated with the hospital renovation to create the space for this program.
Thanks to some very generous family donations and one who has chosen to remain anonymous, the Foundation already has $2.2 million committed to this project. Donations were received from the estate of Robert Haney – $500,000; the estate of Geoffrey Collins – $591,950; the estate of Don Hilton –$149,299; the estate of Evelyn Painter – $415,911; and an anonymous donation of $350,000.
The Shuswap Hospital Foundation feels these projects will be an excellent way to recognize these generous donors and provide the initial start to this exciting fundraising campaign.
“We are so thrilled to be moving forward to help raise funds for these important projects,” said Shuswap Hospital Foundation president Angela Spencer. “We have such great support from the community and we have no doubt people will step up for our hospital once again. We are looking forward to supporting these enhancements to patient care at SLGH.”
“This will be a huge benefit to patients needing to have screening mammography or diagnostic mammography services,” said Kim Mead, Interior Health Professional Practice Leader at SLGH. “These patients will be able to have both of these performed at SLGH, which will keep them from having to travel outside of their community.”
The SHF will work in partnership with Shuswap Lake General Hospital and Interior Health Capital Planning and Projects on these projects. Exact timelines are still to be determined, however the CT Scanner project is expected to be complete by 2022 and the mammography program by 2023.