In October 2015, the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital (HGH) Foundation launched a new major campaign called ACCESS 2018: For our health and our future. The goal of this campaign was to raise $4 million to help provide the hospital with two pieces of state-of-the-art equipment, a CT scanner and a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine.

Thanks to our generous donors, we can say MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! The new CT scanner has been in service since the fall of 2019 and the new MRI will be available to the population of Prescott-Russell in the spring of 2020. Read the media release.

 

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About Medical Imaging Equipment

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) services

MRI is a non-invasive and safe test that replaces procedures such as biopsies and exploratory surgeries. It is now the standard of care in Canada.

  • Patients are not exposed to radiation with MRI, and rarely need contrast materials or more invasive tests.
  • Having MRI services at HGH will eliminate travel and reduce the wait times for treatment. At present, the closest MRI is 100 km away.
  • MRI often reveals problems earlier than other tests. It is used to identify tumours, cancers, internal bleeding, muscle and joint injuries, strokes, diseases of the heart, lungs and blood vessels, and aneurysms.
  • When installed at HGH in late 2018, it is anticipated that more than 5,000 MRI tests will be done in the first year, and demand will continue to grow annually.

Computed Tomography (CT) Scan services

HGH has had a 16-slice CT scanner since 2004. It has provided more than 45,000 scans since then, and the need is growing.

  • For the more than 1,600 patients in HGH’s Emergency Department, a new scanner will be able to diagnose strokes, head and neck trauma, and internal trauma in a matter of minutes. This will save lives.
  • The new scanner will ensure more accurate and detailed medical imaging, with fast results to ensure quick diagnosis and treatment for HGH patients. It is the ‘gold standard’ in CT scanning.
  • This sophisticated equipment takes more pictures to provide a 3D cross-sectional image of the body. Greater detail means more accurate diagnosis, detecting smaller abnormalities and diseases, for example bone density, tumours, blood vessel condition, and inflamed, swollen or damaged organs.
  • CT scan can be used to map out a patient’s anatomy prior to surgery to provide further detail that will increase precision.
  • An updated CT scanner will allow us to share images with other hospitals when required for patient care.

Why is this a priority?

Access to up-to-date diagnostic imaging technology, closer to home, will reduce stress and uncertainty for patients and their family. Getting results quickly means you can get the answers and the treatment you or your loved one needs faster.

The Access 2018 Campaign will ensure that the community is able to take full advantage of the redevelopment of HGH as a full service regional hospital, and reap the benefits of state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging technology closer to home.

Patient Testimony

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It took nine years of travelling back and forth to Ottawa for MRI scans before Johanne Ménard finally received a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) and Lupus. “Stress” is the word she uses most to describe the ordeal.

She had to be there half an hour in advance of the appointment time, which could be any time of day from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Rush hour traffic had to be taken into account as well as weather conditions, which sometimes meant going the night before in case of a snowstorm. Missing an appointment was not an option, since there was a six-month waiting list to get in.

And then there was the financial burden: gas, parking, meals, wear and tear on a vehicle, and having someone with her for comfort during the tests.

Johanne also knows the value of receiving care closer to home, having had surgeries at HGH, minutes from her home. Her experience was great. “I was treated with respect and I never felt like a number.”

This is what inspired her to join the HGH Foundation Board.

“I offered my help as a way to tell them thank you. I was so satisfied with everything they did for me. Even when I was scared, I was very confident. We are very lucky to have a good hospital here.”

For Johanne, new imaging equipment is a big plus – for patients, for the hospital and physicians, and for the community. “As a patient, having the equipment in Hawkesbury will change my life – it will be a relief. Travelling to have tests is awful and being sick is already stressful enough. It will be so good for all patients. It is not a luxury to have these machines at HGH – it is a must to serve our community.” – Johanne Ménard

 

We’re always happy to hear about the people and the community we serve. To share your story, please contact us.

Access 2018 Campaign Cabinet

We will forever be grateful to the following business and community leaders who were committed to the success of the Access 2018 Campaign and the realization of our ambitious $4 million goal.

  • Dr. Jean Fairfield, Campaign Chair
  • Daniel Brunet
  • Joanne Ladouceur-Crête
  • Nathalie Ladouceur
  • Jeannine Lefebvre
  • Dr. Julie Maranda
  • Sébastien Racine
  • Roman Remenda
  • Sylvain Roy

HGH Foundation Staff

  • Pierre-Luc Byham, Executive Director
  • Erin Tabakman, Donor Relations Officer