Calgary Health Foundation

Community partners team up for Healthcare

The Flames Foundation for Life, Rotary Club of Calgary, Rotary Club of Calgary South, Calgary Emergency Department Physicians, Rockyview General Hospital (RGH) and Peter Lougheed Centre (PLC) Volunteer Resources, and Foothills Medical Centre Development Council have donated a combined total of $509,635 to the Calgary Health Trust to help purchase eight revolutionary ultrasound machines for emergency departments at the Rockyview General Hospital (RGH), Peter Lougheed Centre (PLC), Foothills Medical Centre (FMC) and the new South Health Campus (SHC).

"This joint contribution will make a big difference in diagnosing health emergencies at Calgary hospitals," says Jill Olynyk, interim CEO, Calgary Health Trust. "We are very grateful to these community partners for their donation. With their help, doctors and health care practitioners will have access to some of the best technology available."

Originally, emergency department physicians at Foothills Medical Centre wanted to purchase two machines for the emergency department. The doctors came together to start fundraise for the new equipment by holding fundraising events and reaching out to community groups for support.

Once the Flames Foundation for Life, Rotary Club, RGH and PLC Volunteer Resources, Foothills Medical Centre Development Council and Calgary Emergency Department Physicians heard about the need for new equipment, each group offered to donate funds for the machines, allowing eight new Sonosite M-Turbo ultrasound machines to be purchased - two each for the emergency departments at RGH, PLC, FMC and SHC.