Hospital foundation focuses on upgrading CT scanner

The Shuswap Hospital Foundation will kick off their 2013 campaign at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 at on the stage at the Mall at Piccadilly.

Donation campaign: The Shuswap Hospital Foundation is raising money to enhance the community’s well-used CT scanner.

Donation campaign: The Shuswap Hospital Foundation is raising money to enhance the community’s well-used CT scanner.

The Shuswap Hospital Foundation will kick off their 2013 campaign at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 at on the stage at the Mall at Piccadilly.

This year the foundation has a very special goal to reach, with the purchase of a CT scanner upgrade at a cost of $205,000.

Through the great generosity of Shuswap residents, the Shuswap Hospital Foundation was able to purchase a CT scanner for Shuswap Lake General Hospital in 2009.

Since that time there have been approximately 20,000 exams performed with an estimated $2 million in savings for those patients whose travel to other hospitals has been minimized.

Dr. Kevin Beckner, chief of the Radiology Department, says the upgrade will enhance the current technology.

“The upgrade will enable the community’s CT machine to operate at the highest capability for years to come,” he says.

The technological advancements will include the delivery of high-quality images, performance and ability to provide optimum patient care and comfort including those requiring heart and stroke treatments.

“The Shuswap Hospital Foundation is extremely grateful to those residents, community businesses and clubs that have come forward to help us achieve our Foundation goals,” said Joe Johnson, president of the foundation.

The foundation will also be raising funds to purchase additional and much-needed equipment for other areas of the hospital.