Community raises money in record time to buy ultrasound for Delta Hospital

The Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation launched a campaign in the spring to raise funds to purchase a new ultrasound machine for the hospital’s busy surgical services department.

Through the incredible generosity of the foundation’s donors, over $150,000 was raised in record time. Not only could the foundation purchase this urgently needed machine, but it was also able to purchase additional critically needed items for surgical services.

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When longtime donors Harlow and Mary Ann Burrows learned of the campaign they immediately offered their support with a generous donation of $80,000. As one of the first patients of Delta Hospital orthopedic surgeon Dr. Matt Lewington, Harlow was grateful that he and Mary Ann could help support the purchase of the new ultrasound.

Foundation donors Bob Binkley and Shirley Cook also generously pledged their support with a large gift towards the campaign as they felt this was a very worthwhile cause to put their philanthropic dollars towards.

“As always, we are truly humbled by the generosity of our donors. A heartfelt thanks to Harlow and Mary Ann, Bob and Shirley, and to all donors who responded to the spring campaign by mailing in a cheque, donating online or dropping by in person,” says Lisa Hoglund, executive director of the Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation.

“We are absolutely thrilled that surgical services will not only be receiving a brand new ultrasound machine, but also a number of other critically needed pieces of equipment to support the thousands of surgeries that take place at Delta Hospital each year.”

Delta Hospital anesthesiologists use ultrasound technology in surgeries as an invaluable tool for diagnosis and treatment. Advances in technology are making ultrasounds even more helpful, providing a sharper, clearer picture for rapid assessment of critically ill patients, emergency access to veins and the ability to manage pain control using less opioid medication.

Delta Hospital has seen a steady increase in surgical services over the past several years as the needs of the community grow.The hospital performs a wide range of general surgeries, eye, plastic and orthopedic surgeries, as well as a number of colonoscopies and gastroscopies every year.

Last year, almost 9,000 procedures were performed in surgical daycare and endoscopy combined.

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