Eighth annual Tree of Dreams Campaign begins

A campaign will raise funds for X-ray rooms at the Penticton Regional Hospital

The Penticton Regional Hospital has asked the South Okanagan Simikameen Medical Foundation to strive to reach the goal of the Image is Everything campaign through the eight annual Tree of Dreams.

The goal was to raise $1.5 million to change the three X-ray rooms along with a portable machine used for the emergency and intensive care unit departments from outdated X-ray cassette equipment into state of the art X-ray Digital Radiography.

To date the foundation has raised just over $1 million.

The balance of $410,000 is needed to achieve the goal and have the equipment in the hospital by the summer of 2014.

More than 40,000 patients from all over the region had X-rays last year, a four per cent increase from a year previously.

The Image is Everything campaign focuses on  providing increased image quality, reduced radiation and allows for faster, more efficient diagnosis of diseases and injuries.

Foundation organizers hope the community will join us in this campaign for the purchase of digital X-ray equipment.

For more information and to make donations, contact the SOS Medical Foundation office at 250-492-9027 or by mail to 550, Carmi Ave., Penticton, B.C. V2A 3G6 or visit sosmedicalfoundation.com.