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Haliburton Highlands Health Services Given Approval To Operate A CT Scanner And Mammography Unit

KAWARTHA LAKES-Haliburton Highlands Health Services (HHHS) says that approval has been granted for the purchase and operation of both a CT Scanner and a CT Mammography Unit for the Haliburton location but the community will have to fundraise for the purchase.

Last year, Haliburton Highlands Health Services (HHHS) initiated Diagnostic Imaging services to the County of Haliburton and after the completion of a feasibility study applied to the Ministry of Health for the addition of the services.

“We know that these services will better support the needs of patients with quicker diagnostics; will reduce EMS visits out of the county, keeping ambulances available for emergencies; and attract more health care workers including much-needed doctors, nurses and Medical Radiation Technologists.” said Acting President and CEO Veronica Nelson in a press release.

HHHS recently closed the Minden Emergency Department citing a shortage of staff. One nurse who spoke to Kawartha 411 on the condition of anonymity said she felt the closure was motivated by the application for a CT scanner. She explained that in order for a hospital to qualify for a CT scanner they have to have a certain number of visits per year and consolidating Minden and Haliburton could accomplish that goal. This has not been confirmed by the Ministry.

Officials say with the addition of mammography services, HHHS will be able to provide services in a remote area that is currently under- served including over 6000 at risk women who live here. This is the beginning of the types of services HHHS would like to provide to those who live, work and play here. The application to bring Mammography services to Haliburton County was strongly supported by Cancer Care Ontario.

CT Scanning has become the standard of care for the diagnosis of many life-threatening conditions such as stroke, trauma, lung blood clots and in the investigation of abdominal pain. Physicians are being trained with this in mind and expect hospitals to have these services available to them. Haliburton Highlands is the only county in Ontario currently without a CT Scanner according to the hospital.

They are now looking to residents to raise capital funds to purchase and install the CT Scan and Mammography equipment.

“The HHHS Foundation current fundraising efforts focus on the replacement of aging DI equipment a nd the purchase of new equipment once approved. We are thrilled to see this approval come through and we are committed to raising the funds needed with the support of the community.” Melanie Klodt Wong, Foundation Executive Director.

The HHHS Foundation has been working behind the scenes since the application process began and say they are working towards launching a major capital campaign in the near future.

“A huge thank you to everyone who supported this application including HHHS staff, community members who wrote letters, those who advocated for this important addition and those who have already made financial contributions to the HHHS Foundation efforts to support capital equipment purchases – we couldn’t have done it without you. You are helping to make HHHS a leader in optimizing health and well-being in Haliburton County.” said Nelson.

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Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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