The CT scanner project at the Kincardine hospital continues to advance. With recent funding commitments from the Kincardine and Community Health Care Foundation, Bruce Power and the Government of Ontario, it is anticipated that a CT scanner will be installed in Kincardine in 2021.
The project continues to progress through the Ministry of Health capital approval process. In September of this year, Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson announced approval for SBGHC to proceed with Stage 1 and 2 of the Ministry’s five-stage capital project process for an addition to the Kincardine hospital to house a CT scanner, and a one-time capital grant of up to $1,410,000 for construction.
The Kincardine and Community Health Care Foundation is committed to fund the cost of the CT scanner, some of the service contract costs, and additional costs for building development, totaling $2.7M. This includes a $1M donation from Bruce Power committed to support improvements to the Kincardine hospital Emergency Department.
At its meeting on December 3rd, 2020, South Bruce Grey Health Centre’s (SBGHC) Board of Directors took another step in that approval with the selection of the CT scanner model that will be installed in the hospital. The model selection is required at this stage of design to meet the Ministry’s capital approval requirements, and ensure timely delivery of the unit.
After an extensive review of various CT scanner options to evaluate the needs of patients and clinical staff, quality of imaging, radiation dose, technology, capital cost and on-going annual operational costs, and consultation with key stakeholders, SBGHC’s Board has selected the Edge Plus CT scanner from Siemens. The Edge Plus is a new model that has just received approval from Health Canada, and the Kincardine hospital will be one of the first installations of the unit in the Canadian market.
The Edge Plus features comprehensive technology that produces precision, 4D images with high speed and low dose radiation. It can scan virtually all patients with diagnostic confidence – including obese persons, children, and patients unable to cooperate.
“We are very grateful for the support of the Kincardine and Community Health Care Foundation, Bruce Power and the Government of Ontario to make this project possible,” says John Gilbert, SBGHC Board Chair. “The SBGHC team is working very hard to move through the Ministry’s approval process as quickly as possible to get the CT into service so the hospital can better meet the needs of the Kincardine community.”
“The Foundation is very pleased to be able to support the Kincardine community with the installation of a CT scanner in the Kincardine hospital,” says Becky Fair, President of the Kincardine and Community Health Care Foundation. “The CT will ensure that Kincardine patients can be treated in their own community, reducing the need for them to travel to other centres for a CT scan. We could not do this without the generous support of our community.”