Bandaged from head to toe to show the importance of the new PACS technology at Seaforth Community Hospital, Don Morton, of Seaforth, adds to the total as donations came into the Seaforth Legion or were called in to CKNX radio during the annual Healthcare Heroes radiothon held on Saturday. Photo by Susan Hundertmark, courtesy http://www.seaforthhuronexpositor.com/
You won’t hear about this in many places, but PACS is a pretty expensive proposition. So what is a small hospital with limited funds going to do when it decides to take the plunge?
If you work at the Seaforth Community Hospital in East Huron, Ontario, you hold a Radiothon!
The Seaforth Community Hospital foundation came very close to achieving its goal of $50,000 with $49,713 in donations during the annual CKNX Healthcare Heroes radiothon on Saturday.“It was a very successful day with just terrific community support,” said foundation chair Ron Lavoie on Monday. . .(S)ome of the larger donations included $5,000 from the Seaforth TD-Canada Trust, $2,500 from the Seaforth CIBC and $1,000 from the Seaforth Lions Club.
PACS technology allows diagnostic tests, including nuclear medicine, CT scans, x-rays and ultrasounds to be produced with digital images, which can then be transferred electronically.Adding in the amount raised at Saturday’s radiothon, the foundation has raised $175,713 of its goal of $213,283 for the first phase of the PACS fundraising.When the first phase is achieved, Lavoie said the next three years will be spent working towards the second phase – $350,000 towards a new x-ray machine for SCH.
Dr. Heather Percival, a physician on staff at Seaforth Community Hospital, who apparently is not a radiologist, noted:
“This technology is absolutely essential. It’s important to keep us at the same level as the city hospitals. Without this technology, we are back in the so-called dark ages,” she said. Percival pointed out that small towns have to work hard to fundraise for up-to-date technology, pointing out that some U.S. cities have more MRIs than the entire province of Ontario.
OK, everyone, take note. This is the end product of National Health Care. Radiothons to buy PACS systems. No doubt the Foundation will be holding a bake-sale to continue to fund their PACS. They will eventually have to pay for a viewing station, electricity, Cat 5 cables, and so on.
The US health-care consumer probably would never consider phoning in a donation to pay for his or her scanner. I really think some out there are anticipating Hillary-care with glee, thinking the government will give us the same level of service we get now, but for free. Sure. Right. Just ask the fine citizens of East Huron how much “free” care they’re getting. You might want to ask them how much tax they pay, in addition to radiothon donations. I wonder if said donations are tax-deductable in Canada?