Tree of Dreams Campaign meets fundraising target

A campaign to raise money for the South Okanagan Similkameen Foundation has reached its $1.5 million goal.

With the support and generosity of the communities throughout the South Okanagan and Similkameen, the South Okanagan Simikameen Medical Foundation has reached the goal for the Image is Everything Christmas campaign through the Eighth Annual Tree of Dreams and raised $500,000.

Any extra funds raised will go into the digital X-ray fund for any extra pieces of equipment requested or additional staff training.

This completes the entire campaign that raised a total of $1,500,000 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the three X-ray rooms along with a portable machine used for the emergency and intensive care unit departments from outdated X-ray cassette equipment into state of the art X-ray digital radiography.

Construction on the rooms will begin in the spring with completion expected by the late summer of 2014.

Many individuals, service organizations, businesses and auxiliaries supported the campaign.

Digital radiography uses digital X-ray sensors instead of the traditional cassettes.

Similar to a digital camera, this technology uses a digital image capturing device.

This gives the advantage of an immediate image preview and the elimination of costly time intensive cassette processing steps.

Digital has the ability to apply special image processing techniques that enhance overall display of the image and the process is fast, with the least amount of radiation.

Used on practically every part of the body, on infants to the elderly, whether we are diagnosing a trauma injury, a chest infection or a cancer, X-ray equipment is the most widely used diagnostic device recommended by doctors.

More than 40,000 patients had X-rays from all over our region last year and that number is a four per cent increase from the year before.

X-ray is available in several of the communities served by the Penticton Regional Hospital but many patients need further treatment and additional X-rays are required.

Digital radiography will bring a tremendous equipment improvement and diagnosis which will benefit all of our patients.

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

As the hospital board prepares for the future hospital patient tower expansion, this new equipment will stay in its current location at the hospital and will be used for many years to come.

For more information and to make donations, contact the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation office at 250-492-9027 or by mail to 550 Carmi Avenue, Penticton, B.C. V2A 3G6 or go on the website at sosmedicalfoundation.com.

 

Just Posted

Choral Extravaganza brings valley choirs together

Sunday concert features six choirs singing together

Visiting Vees pound West Kelowna Warriors

The Vees got hat tricks from two players en route to an 11-3 win

‘Listen to your gut’ urges injured skier

Mike Shaw was told he’d never walk again after an accident four years ago, but he defied the odds

Small grass fire sparks in West Kelowna

Fire crews quickly douse blaze in ditch on Friday afternoon

Remembering road crash victims in Kelowna

World Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims takes place Sunday in Kelowna

Drones used in search for clues about missing women

A volunteer search party was supported by professional drone operators

Start on time: Canucks looking to shake first-period struggles

Canucks centre Bo Horvat said the formula for getting a leg up is there for everyone to see

COMMUTER ALERT: Snowfall warnings in effect across B.C.

Travelling this weekend? Check the forecasts before hitting the road

Choral Extravaganza brings valley choirs together

Sunday concert features six choirs singing together

Tips for keeping your personal data safe, from the experts

It’s important to keep your ‘online footprint’ safe

Lights to turn blue ahead of funeral for fallen Abbotsford police officer

Buildings across B.C. are going blue Saturday night in honour of Const. John Davidson

Ride-share pioneer drives up quietly to B.C. battleground

Lyft approaches B.C. without Uber bombast, eyes small towns

VIDEO: Rare comic showing Superman’s 1st appearance to be auctioned

The 1938 comic features Superman hoisting a car over his head

Biosphere designation boosts national park drive

Certification outlines conservation as key part of sustainable tourism development

Most Read