Volunteers at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) have made a $1 million pledge to the hospital’s foundation over the next six years, which will go towards the purchase of a brand new CT scanner, according to a news release from the hospital on May 7.
Volunteer donations have funded the hospital’s newly renovated Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and nine new anaesthetic gas machines in the past two years. The new focus for fundraising is the purchase of a CT scanner, which costs around $2.2 million. The current scanner is 13 years old and performs about 13,000 scans per year, according to the release. The new machine will be better, faster and more precise, resulting in lower wait times and lower doses of radiation for patients.
“On an annual basis, volunteers at OSMH raise around $180,000 through various fundraising initiatives, including operating Dora’s Place Café and the Gift Shop,” said OSMH Foundation Executive Director Mark Riczu. “These add-on activities would not be possible if we didn’t have hundreds of volunteers working throughout the hospital to make a huge difference in the quality of care we are able to provide our patients, every day.”
Riczu said the scanner is one of the most essential pieces of equipment in the hospital and that the hospital staff will name the CT Suite the Volunteer Resources CT Suite in honour of the volunteer contributions.
“Our volunteers’ capacity for giving is truly inspirational,” said Faye Blewett, manager of Volunteer Services. “The team is eager to honour their million dollar commitment and bring a new CT to OSMH.”
To learn more about how to support the purchase of vital equipment and technology at OSMH, contact the Foundation office at 705-325-6464 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.