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Delta Hospital Auxiliary to chip in $2.4M for new diagnostic wing
The Delta Hospital Auxiliary has committed to raising $2.4 million to help fund the hospital’s expanded medical imaging and laboratory departments.
The total cost for the project is expected to come in at $12.5 million, with $7.5 million of that coming from the Delta Hospital Foundation’s Results: Healthy & Growing fundraising campaign.
“The men and women of the Delta Hospital Auxiliary have been dedicated to supporting Delta Hospital for more than forty years,” said Marilyn Jones, Delta Hospital Auxiliary President.
“During that time our members have raised over $18 million dollars towards the care and comfort of patients, and now are committed to raising $2.4 million toward equipment requirements and expansion of diagnostic services. This will positively affect every patient in our hospital as well as the residents of our community and represents our largest single financial commitment so far.”
Since 1968, the Delta Hospital Auxiliary Society has supported Delta Hospital in providing
quality health care to this community. Currently, 410 volunteers donate nearly 100,000 hours each year to raise money for state-of-the-art equipment and compassionate patient care through various business units, such as the Dogwood Gift Shop, Courtyard Café, Thrift Store and Lifeline Unit.
Delta Hospital Foundation Chair Keith McGee said the Auxiliary’s generosity “overwhelming.”
“Imagine what our medical team can do with more space and resources,” he said. “To ensure that happens, the Auxiliary have taken a leadership position to raise these important funds to benefit Delta and our entire community is the better for it.”
More than 80 per cent of doctor’s medical decisions are based on test results from diagnostic services. the department at Delta Hospital has been operating at full capacity for more than six years, treating more than 90,000 patients in a space designed for 14,000.
Because of the space and equipment limitations, it has meant longer wait times for processing samples, test results, and in the end, patient’s treatment.
“Every person who walks through Delta Hospital’s doors will require a test,” said Dr. Juan-Carlos Guijon, head of medical imaging at Delta Hospital. “Be it a blood sample to determine infection, or a CT scan to check for brain injury, everyone is touched by medical imaging or laboratory. These tests determine your course of treatment and are vital to your health – so it is very important that we do everything we can to give our patients the best outcomes.”
The project will double the hospital’s diagnostic services department in size, making it easier for staff to treat patients and operate more efficiently. It will also allow for 32,000 more patient visits each year.
The Delta Hospital Foundation’s campaign has already raised more than $5.7 million or 75 percent of the $7.5 million needed for the project. DHF is inviting the entire community to join them as they invest in the health of Delta to raise the remaining $1.8 million.
“This project is vital to the growth of our community and Delta Hospital,” said Veronica Carroll, Executive Director of the Delta Hospital Foundation. “As we look at the future of health care, especially in this community with a growing senior population, accurate and precise diagnostic testing is crucial for receiving the best care for the complicated health care issues we all will face.”
• Learn more at www.dhfoundation.ca.