Currently, we are raising funds to support Haldimand County’s first CT Scanner for the Diagnostic Imaging department in the Haldimand War Memorial Hospital.
A CT (C.A.T.) scanner is short for Computed Axial Tomography. A CT scanner essentially sends out several beams simultaneously from different angles. The x-rays from the beams are detected after they have passed through the body and their strength is measured. A computer can use this information to work out the relative density of the tissues examined. Each set of measurements made by the scanner, is, in effect, a cross section through the body. The computer processes the results, displaying them as a two-dimensional picture shown on a monitor. CT scans are far more detailed than ordinary x-rays. They can be used to produce virtual images of the brain, lungs, liver, heart and other soft tissue organs as well as structures in the head, neck, spine, chest, abdomen, and pelvis and are used in exam of the bones and blood vessels. CT scans allow doctors to inspect the inside of the body without having to operate by showing what a surgeon would see during an operation. They have been proven invaluable in pinpointing tumours and planning treatment.
This equipment will enable our residents to have access to current state-of-the-art technology and will allow onsite diagnosis and avoid the need to send patients out of county. Ambulances will be freed up to do their intended job instead of taking patients on transfers for a CT scan, and patients will be spared the uncomfortable ambulance ride to and from a CT scan out of the County. Having a CT scanner in our hospital will be a great asset to the County as this will be Haldimand County's first CT scanner.
The Foundation has launched the "Back the C.A.T." campaign to fund the CT scanner, a $1.6 million dollar initiative. You too can support the "Back the C.A.T." campaign by clicking here and donating online, by calling the Foundation Office at 905-774-2529 or toll free 1-888-648-8108, or by sending in a cheque to 322 Broad Street West, Dunnville, Ontario, N1A 1T1.
Every penny makes a difference!
To see an update (December 2012) of the construction and implementation of Haldimand County's first CT scanner, click here.
Building for the Future
Your Foundation and Hospital are determined to have an edge in the fierce competition for family physicians. Recognizing the provincial shortage and the need in our community for more doctors, we built the new primary healthcare centre, the Medical Arts Centre. The new centre:
- Ensures everyone in our community has access to a family physician and healthcare professionals
- Encourages proactive healthcare which reduces the risk of developing a serious illness
- Helps to maintain the vitality of our Hospital, which has a positive economic impact on our community
To fund our new centre, your Foundation has launched a capital fundraising campaign, “Building for the Future.”
Your donations will help cover the capital cost of the new Medical Arts Centre as well as the new CT Scanner. We have created several ways for our community to get involved, donate and take a proactive role in our quest to build for the future.