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Auxiliary pledges funds for new X-ray equipment

The Summerland Health Care Auxiliary has pledged 20 per cent of the funding needed for new X-ray equipment.

The Summerland Health Care Auxiliary has pledged 20 per cent of the funding needed for new X-ray equipment at the Penticton Regional Hospital.

Janice Perrino, executive director of the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation, said the auxiliary has pledged $300,000 of the $1.5 million cost of the equipment.

“They are our top donor,” Perrino said of the auxiliary members.

The auxiliary operates the Summerland Health Care Auxiliary Thrift Shop on Victoria Road North.

The hospital’s eighth annual Tree of Dreams campaign is working to raise the money by the summer.

More than $1 million has been raised, but $410,000 is still needed, Perrino said.

The hospital is purchasing equipment for three X-ray rooms along with a portable machine for the emergency and intensive care unit departments.

Perrino said the new X-ray machines are much faster and use less radiation than previous units.

In the past, patients undergoing an X-ray would have to hold their breath for a minute while the X-ray was taking place. The newer machines can do the same task in a millisecond, Perrino said.

“It puts us into the state of the art,” she said of the new equipment.

When the proposed hospital tower is built, the new machines will be used in that facility.