NGH launches Year of the Cat
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]