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Ministry Provides Additional Funding and Final Approval for Kincardine CT Scanner

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The Ontario Ministry of Health has provided additional financial support and final approval to South Bruce Gray Health Center (SBGHC) to proceed with the construction of a 2,000 square foot addition to the Kincardine Hospital for house a new computed tomography (CT) scanner.

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Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson made a presentation at the Kincardine Hospital on Monday where the announcement was made.

“This is indeed great news for the residents of Kincardine and area and for local health care,” Thompson said in a statement. “The addition of a CT scanner to Kincardine Hospital has been proven to be a much needed service. Local volunteers helped make this possible and I thank them for their unwavering dedication.

The addition will be directly south of the main entrance, adjacent to the east side of the existing hospital building, and will include a private CT room, technologist area, patient prep room, waiting room , a changing room, toilets and a waiting area for stretchers.

The purchase order for the Siemens CT scanner was issued on April 29, 2021, and the equipment is expected to arrive as soon as the addition is ready to receive it, the SBGHC said in a statement.

The SBGHC said Kincardine has the highest demand for CT scans during emergency department visits and inpatients at its organization’s four sites.

“Every day, patients leave the Kincardine community to access CT scan services, and in many cases our staff and physicians leave the hospital to accompany them. Installing a CT scanner means patients can now perform this diagnostic imaging without leaving the hospital, saving time and stress for the patient,” said Michael Barrett, President and CEO. of SBGHC.

The construction tender has been awarded to K&L Construction Ltd. after an open bidding process that began in December 2021. Construction is expected to begin in the coming days and be completed in approximately eight months.

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“We are thrilled to receive final approval for this very important piece of equipment,” said Becky Fair, president of the Kincardine and Community Health Care Foundation. “The CT scanner is part of the overall hospital redevelopment project, and the Foundation is committed to bringing improvements to health care in our community. We are in the early stages of a multi-year fundraising campaign with a committed group of volunteers to raise these funds. Having a CT scanner in our community means patients won’t have to travel to larger centers to receive care. This is a crucial step in our healthcare professional attraction and retention plan. We thank everyone who contributed to the realization of this project. »

Funding for this project is provided by the Kincardine and Community Health Care Foundation and the Government of Ontario, along with a $1 million contribution from Bruce Power.

“Access to quality health care is crucial for healthy communities, and we are committed to doing our part to support health care in our region,” said Mike Rencheck, President and CEO of Bruce Power. “Our employees are proud of the role we play in supporting our local hospitals, while providing vital medical isotopes around the world. »