Smiths Falls, ON – Following an exhaustive and due diligence process the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital (PSFDH) has signed a purchase agreement with GE Healthcare to purchase a state- of- the- art 64 slice Lightspeed Volume Computed Tomography (VCT) CT system.  After months of research, evaluation and careful deliberation the hospital chose GE as the preferred vendor.   Residents are now a big step closer to having CT diagnostic services close to home.  “This is a very significant development as we are now poised to move ahead with bringing this important diagnostic technology to our hospital,” commented PSFDH President & CEO Todd Stepanuik.  The CT scanner service will be delivered out of the Smiths Falls site and will become operational with the opening of the newly constructed wing in March of 2010.  It is estimated that approximately 3,000 scans will be performed annually.

Nearly twice as fast as conventional multi-slice CT scanners, the VCT system captures images in as little as one second and can perform whole body trauma scans in as little as ten seconds.  In a single rotation, the Lightspeed VCT creates 64 high-resolution anatomical images as thin as a credit card.

“The introduction of this service is part of our recently approved Strategic Plan.  This is a major milestone for our hospital, our patients and our community at large,” said Tim Carter, Board Chair.  AThe hospital worked in close collaboration with both the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the South East Local Health Integration network (SELHIN) last year to seek the necessary approvals to get us to this point.  We greatly appreciate their approval as we work together to build a high quality, sustainable health system.

The total capital cost of the project, is estimated to be $2.2 million.  “We are delighted with the support for this project that we have received from both the Smiths Falls Community Hospital Foundation and by the GWM Hospital Foundation,” commented Tim Carter, Hospital Board Chair.  “Of course, we are also very appreciative by the overwhelming response from the community to date.”   Joyce Firlotte, Great War Memorial Hospital of Perth District Foundation (GWM Foundation) board chair remarked, Athe GWM Foundation is very supportive of the project and we are very supportive of the Hospital in its efforts to improve the quality of care and services for the residents of the area; and therefore we are committed to funding half of the capital costs of the CT Scan over the next two years in addition to supporting the hospital with other equipment needs.”

The Smiths Falls Community Hospital Foundation will be holding the 2009 Dr. Archie Kerr Memorial Golf Tournament on Saturday, August 15 at Lombard Glen Golf & Country Club with the proceeds being directed to the CT.  “Dr. Kerr passed away in 2008 after serving the people of the area for over 50 years.  It was his vision to have a state of the art hospital with state of the art equipment to support a vibrant medical facility and to attract new doctors to our community.  The CT scan was on the top of the list,” said Margaret Ashworth, SFCH Foundation board chair.

Anyone interested in contributing to either Foundation or learning more about planned giving and other donation options is invited to contact:

  • Janet Bailey (GWM Foundation) – 613-264-0638
  • Denise Miall (SFCH Foundation) – 613-283-2330 ext: 1163

While CT uses x-ray technology, it is distinguished from other diagnostic imaging methods by its ability to offer detailed views of many types of tissue, organs, muscles, including lungs, bones, soft tissues and blood vessels.  Linda Bisonette, Vice President, Patient Care Services & CNE stated, AA CT scanner will provide state of the art diagnostic imaging services for patients.  Its introduction will be a tremendous asset to patient care and will allow us to continue to move forward in our quest to ensure access to care as close to the patients home as possible.”  Patients currently requiring a CT scan in the area are transferred to other hospitals.

Dr. Margaret Anne Laws, Chief, Diagnostic Imaging added, ACT is a powerful diagnostic tool, and has become the standard of care for many patient conditions.  The addition of a 64 slice CT will compliment the high range of quality diagnostic services already offered by the PSFDH.”  CT allows the physician to improve patient care by arriving at a diagnosis with greater clarity and precision faster and providing the necessary treatment faster. Dr. Laws added AI am very happy to be a part of making our dream a reality.”

The hospital, in collaboration with GE and Erskine Dredge Architects, is now in the process of finalizing the detailed architectural drawings and construction plan regarding the installation of the CT Scanner.

For more information contact:
Todd Stepanuik, President & CEO
Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital
613-283-2330 ext:1130

Great War Memorial Site
33 Drummond Street West
Perth, ON K7H 2K1
Tel: (613) 267-1500
Smiths Falls Site
60 Cornelia Street West
Smiths Falls, ON K7A 2H9
Tel: (613) 283-2330

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