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Longtime Delta resident donates $500,000 to Hospital Foundation

Mary Lou Owen’s donation will purchase a 3D mammography system.
Delta resident Mary Lou Owen with Jodi Stokes, Major Giving Manager, Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation. Delta Hospital Community Health Foundation Photo

Another Delta resident has made a significant and lasting contribution towards supporting health care in the community.

On Tuesday, the Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation announced that retired school teacher Mary Lou Owen, recently donated $501,450 to towards the purchase of a state-of-the-art 3D Mammography system for Delta Hospital.

The Foundation says that this exceptional donation will significantly advance mammography technology at the Delta Hospital Campus of Care. The new 3D breast tomosynthesis system will produce sharper, higher-resolution images and provide a more comfortable mammography experience for patients. 3D breast tomosynthesis has been proven to detect more invasive cancers than 2D, especially for patients with increased tissue density. The state-of-the-art technology serves to better assist in early detection of breast cancer, when it is most treatable.

Owen has been a resident of Ladner since 1980 and has proudly supported the Delta Hospital Campus of Care for 30 years. As a former member of the Delta Hospital Auxiliary Society, she volunteered in the hospital gift shop and the thrift shop.

This considerable gift to Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation demonstrates her commitment to supporting the best health care in our community, said Foundation executive director Lisa Hoglund.

“We are honoured to receive this generous donation from Mary Lou Owen,” said Hoglund. “Ensuring the Delta Hospital campus has state of-the-art equipment to provide the best possible patient care is our top priority. The new 3D Mammography system will provide patients in Delta and the surrounding communities with advanced imaging technology and a more comfortable experience.”

The 3D Mammography system will be located inside the Peter C. and Elizabeth Toigo Diagnostic Services Building at the Delta Hospital campus.

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