NGH launches Year of the Cat

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Jan. 1 will bring the Year of the Cat 2.0 at Nor­folk Gen­eral Hospi­tal.

At a donor event ear­lier this month, NGH Foun­da­tion Di­rec­tor Jen­nifer White an­nounced the hospi­tal’s big Christ­mas wish, a new CT unit.

The first com­puted to­mog­ra­phy (CT) scan­ner at NGH be­gan ser­vice in 2006. The 64-slice unit was a vi­tal di­ag­nos­tic tool that pro­duced de­tailed three­d­i­men­sional im­ages in­side the body of bones, blood ves­sels, and or­gans.

“As of De­cem­ber 31, 2019 our cur­rent CT scan will be ob­so­lete,” White said in a re­cent pre­sen­ta­tion to donors. “I have spo­ken with many of you and you have ex­pressed a lov­ing mem­ory of the Cat for the orig­i­nal Year of the Cat cam­paign. So, to­day we are launch­ing the $1.5 mil­lion Year of the Cat 2.0.”

Doc­tors use CT scans to de­tect bone and joint prob­lems and con­di­tions like can­cer, heart dis­ease, em­phy­sema, or liver masses. The scans show in­ter­nal in­juries and bleed­ing, lo­cate tu­mours, blood clots, ex­cess fluid or in­fec­tion. The im­ages guide treat­ment plans and pro­ce­dures such as biop­sies, surg­eries and ra­di­a­tion ther­apy.

NGH will soon pur­chase a new 128-slice CT scan­ner.

“It’s ex­cit­ing,” White said. “We are go­ing from a 64 slice to 128, which will in­crease the scan­ning speed, pro­vide much bet­ter im­age qual­ity, and re­duce the amount of ra­di­a­tion ex­po­sure to pa­tients. In the end, pa­tients will re­ceive a faster, more ac­cu­rate di­ag­no­sis.”

Hospi­tal CEO Kelly Is­fan added, “It is im­por­tant to have a com­mu­nity hospi­tal, whether it is for in­di­vid­ual health­care or to at­tract lo­cal busi­ness, to sup­port a thriv­ing com­mu­nity. And, we can only have a healthy hospi­tal if we have the sup­port of the com­mu­nity.”

The hospi­tal plans to com­plete the project in 14 months. The NGH Foun­da­tion is reach­ing out to donors and po­ten­tial donors this hol­i­day sea­son through its Christ­mas ap­peal. Let­ters have been mailed out to thou­sands of house­holds in Nor­folk and area.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact White at 519-426-0130 ext. 1454 or by email at [email protected]

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