HGMH un­veils new X-ray

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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.

STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON PHOTO

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.)

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