Ultrasound machine the new belle of the ball
CORNWALL, Ontario - The Cornwall Hospital Foundation is dedicating proceeds raised at the St. Andrew’s Ball to the purchase of an ultrasound machine for Cornwall Community Hospital.
This ultrasound costs $125,000 and is the second such machine donors in the region will help to purchase to provide the hospital with top-tier equipment.
“Cornwall hospital operates a total of seven ultrasounds,” said Erin Killoran, manager of development at the Cornwall Hospital Foundation. “These machines meet the needs of approximately 18,500 patients per year.
“Their expected life cycle is five years according to industry standards at which time they need to be replaced. The ultrasound for which we are currently raising funds is the second we will for CCH. The hospital will need to replace all seven by 2016 at a total cost of $1.2 million.”
Ultrasound machines are basic in modern medicine. They are a diagnostic tool that helps see soft tissue structures and organs to assist in the detection of all kinds of ailments.
According to past chief of radiology at CCH, Anastasios Boubalos, “ultrasound exams are the first thing a doctor orders to try to figure out what is wrong with a patient experiencing discomfort. It’s easy and it’s painless.”
They are essential in several fields of medicine, including obstetrics, because they are safe for mother and child. Ultrasounds also play a crucial role in diagnosing cancer.
“This piece of equipment is necessary for Cornwall hospital’s diagnostic centre of excellence,” said Killoran. “Proceeds from the Hospital Wine & Cheese and the St. Andrew’s Ball will help us accomplish this goal.”
The ball will be on Nov. 30 at the Cornwall Armoury. Tickets are available until Nov. 25 at www.cornwallhospitalfoundation.ca or call the foundation office at 613-930-4508.
Past chief of radiology at CCH, Anastasios Boubalos.