HGMH unveils new X-ray
Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital (HGMH) is thrilled to announce the arrival of a new digital general radiography (X-ray) machine.
The purchase was possible by fundraising efforts by the hospital's Foundation. In order to accommodate the new machine, it was necessary to renovate the X-ray room.
The renovation saw the room enlarged and includes upgraded lead lining to meet current regulations, plus added elements like HVAC, an updated electrical component, and dimmable lights.
“HGMH Senior Medical Radiation Technologist Jessica Duperron is training staff on the new equipment and says she's excited about the equipment, a Ysio Max from Siemens, and about the new Diagnostic Imaging suite,” the hospital says. “Besides higher-quality images, the addition of two portable detectors allows for reduced radiation doses and for images to be taken digitally even when a patient is confined to a wheelchair or on a stretcher. With automation, the machine also can move itself into specified positions at the press of a button. Besides being easier for patients, there's a benefit to staff in removing the strain of constantly re-positioning the x-ray equipment manually as they did previously.”
Hospital staff was pleased to announce that fundraising for the equipment was completed ahead of schedule, thanks, in part, to a $100,000 anonymous donation.
The Foundation used the donation to initiate a matching campaign in the summer of 2017 that raised another $150,000, including gifts from The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group ($25,000) and the Hospital Auxiliary ($50,000).
The hospital's annual Jubilee event also contributed.
“The fact that we raised this money in twoand-a-half years when we thought it would take five speaks volumes for the generosity of the community,” says Pierre Vaillancourt, HGMH Foundation Chair.
HGMH CEO Michael Cohen says the upgraded equipment exemplifies HGMH's ongoing commitment to boosting patient care.
“The new X-ray machine provides tangible improvements to the quality and safety of our diagnostics through improved technology,” says Mr. Cohen.
RIBBON CUTTING: Hospital staff and community members gathered at Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital on Monday afternoon to officially unveil the new state-ofthe-art X-ray machine. Shown are Kayla MacGillivray (patient relations), Lindsay Roy (administrative assistant), Robin Flockton (board member), Nadia Kucherepa (chief of staff), Frank Wetering (board treasurer), Corey Kelsi (board chair), Michael Cohen (hospital CEO), Richard Lalonde (board member), Linda Ramsay (CFO), Kim Woods (chief nursing officer), Jacqueline Fraser (past chairperson.)