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.