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‘Imaging is Power’: Victoria charity launches $11-million campaign for critical imaging equipment

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The Victoria Hospitals Foundation (VHF) has begun fundraising for their largest campaign to date, with a goal of raising $11 million in hopes of improving patient experience with a variety of new medical equipment. 

The campaign is titled Imaging is Power, and aims to replace and upgrade six key pieces of imaging tools: three MRIs, one CT Scanner, one SPECT/CT Scanner, and one C-Arm. 

These new pieces of medical imaging technology and equipment will be installed at the Royal Jubilee Hospital (RJH) and Victoria General Hospital (VGH).

According to the release, 500 people undergo scheduled scans every day at RJH and VGH, which are the referral sites for more than 860,000 Vancouver Islanders.

“Imaging equipment is powerful; it is often the catalyst to the care that follows and serves every kind of patient, from pediatrics to seniors, from cardiac to stroke,” said Avery Brohman, Chief Executive Officer, VHF.

“As a Foundation we are actively listening to our community and our care teams, and this campaign is responding to enhancements needed in our hospitals that can be accomplished through donor support.” 

(Victoria Hospital Foundation)

First, the campaign will target three MRI machine refurbishments—two at VGH and one at RJH. The machines will need to be stripped down and rebuilt from ‘the magnet up,’ which will cost $2 million per machine. 

As described, this installation is more cost effective and will be far less disruptive to the everyday hospital environment and care. It is said to be one of the first projects of its kind in Canada.

“By replacing outdated machinery with new, best-in-class components, we can achieve the benefits of a brand-new MRI system for a third of the cost, and serve our community and patients as efficiently as possible,” said Dr. Alan Andrew, Radiologist and Medical Director, Island Health Medical Imaging. 

The full Imaging is Power campaign is as follows:

  • One new CT Scanner at VGH at a cost of $3.5 million. The machine being replaced was purchased in 2008 and accounts for more than 15,000 scans each year. It is the oldest CT Scanner on Vancouver Island. 
  • One new SPECT/CT Scanner in Nuclear Medicine at RJH, costing $3 million. The machine being replaced is 20 years old. 
  • One new C-Arm in the RJH Catheterization Lab at a cost of $2 million. The current C-Arm is used for 2,000 patients each year and, at 13 years of age, no longer meets the required standards of practice. 

Equipment like CT Scanners and MRI machines provide images used for prevention, diagnosis, treatment, follow-up care, and emergency care. 

According to VHF, donors have raised $1.7 million so far! If you would like to make a donation, you can do so here.

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