In this file photo, Stefanie Zaytsoff, office manager for the Castlegar Hospital Foundation, updates the Light Up 2017 campaign fundraising total. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)

Fundraiser focussing on ultrasound machine for Castlegar

Hospital’s ‘Lighting Up’ campaign has opening pledge day December 7

As December nears, the Castlegar and District Hospital Foundation is gearing up for Lighting Up the Health Centre, with it’s pledge day coming up Friday, Dec. 7.

The foundation is raising funds for a portable diagnostic ultrasound imaging system and other areas of need at the Castlegar Health Centre and Talarico Place.

The health centre had a portable ultrasound for many years and it has served us well. But age is catching up with it and technology has advanced since it was purchased.

The new equipment will provide much better visualization of the body structure and performance. The system transmits ultrasound energy into various parts of the patient’s body to obtain ultrasound images. Doctors use the ultrasound images as important tools in the assessment and diagnosis of both adult and pediatric patients.

Information is provided on many different aspects of the body including the heart and it’s structure and performance. The abdomen and all the organs can be assessed for abnormalities.

It can also be used for fetal imaging or assessment of issues during pregnancy. Being available locally, without the need for additional travel, results in improved patient comfort.

Sophisticated equipment is expensive but worth the investment if it can help those in our community. Join us in the lobby of the health centre on 10th Street in Castlegar on Friday, Dec. 7 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. We’ll have refreshments, door prizes, entertainment and directors on hand to chat with.

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