There is nothing more heartbreaking than watching someone you care about experience trauma or illness.
What if your loved one had a life-threatening accident or they felt dizzy, and suddenly their chest tightened? What if their doctor felt a lump in their neck during a routine check-up? Or they had recurring or sudden abdominal pain?
All of these scenarios and more happen in our community every day. In 2022, doctors at the Ottawa Valley Family Health Team received the results of more than 800 CT scans of their patients helping them diagnose a vast array of diseases and health problems.
Currently, these patients must be transferred to a hospital, usually in Ottawa, to obtain a CT scan. The result for the patient is not only inconvenience and the expense of travel, but also stress related to delayed time for diagnosis. Care close to home would be so much better!
That is why I am writing you today, to ask for your ongoing assistance to bring a CT scanner to the Almonte General Hospital. We are so grateful for your past support, and ask you to help us again? A gift today would help bring the CT scan another step closer; or, three steps closer. Let me explain.
Some special friends (not the same wonderful people who supported our Christmas campaign) feel so strongly about our need to bring CT to Almonte that they are offering to TRIPLE MATCH monthly donations for a year. If you commit $10 per month to this campaign, they’ll make it $30. A $20 monthly donation becomes $60, and so on. They’ll go as high as $15,000 total donations if we can get enough supporters like you to sign up for a year of monthly donations.
CT scans are a standard of care. The purchase of a CT scanner will help to provide faster and more accurate diagnosis of a wide range of diseases and conditions that cannot be detected by Ultrasound or X-rays.
Contrary to popular belief, clinical equipment is not funded by the government. Instead, it must be funded through community donations. Over the past few years, more than $3M worth of equipment has been secured through donations and community support for the Almonte General Hospital and Fairview Manor. This has added new x-ray machines, IVs, ultrasound machines, anesthesia machines and beds.
Our next milestone is bringing a CT scan to the Almonte General Hospital. Now that the Ministry of Health has approved the hospital going to tender, we need community support now more than ever.
Why sign up?
To date, generous donors like you have contributed $1.8 million towards the CT scanner. In addition, hundreds of supporters have signed up as monthly donors or have made a multi-year pledge. Projecting this out by three years, that brings us to $2.5 million of the required $3.2 million to pay off the CT. That’s 80% towards our goal!! Its good that we’re only 20% from our goal because the project is now well underway.
This spring, the Hospital will decide on the company that will provide the CT machine. After finalizing a contract, its anticipated the renovations and installation will begin this Fall. Hospital officials hope to be performing the first scans here at AGH by September 2024.
Imagine the difference the CT will make? And it is not just accidents or emergency health problems when the scanner can help. It is a leading edge diagnostic tool for non-emergency conditions as well.
Did you know that a CT scanner can find blood clots and internal bleeding? Heart disease? Abnormal abdominal conditions? It can even detect cancer in the abdomen, chest, brain and lymphatic systems.
Won’t you please help us again by joining with many of your neighbours and becoming a monthly donor? Your ongoing support will make such a difference.
Your investments in our Hospital help ensure that you and your family will have the care you need when you need it close to home. For this reason, we are asking for your help so we can make this happen as a community and bring this much-needed CT scanner to Almonte General Hospital. So, may I count on your donation today?
Al Roberts, CFRE
Almonte General Hospital • Fairview Manor Foundation