Diagnostic Imaging tools are key to our future success and providing care locally. We know that these services will better support the needs of patients with quicker diagnostics; will reduce EMS visits out of the county, keeping ambulances available for emergencies; and attract more health care workers including much needed doctors, nurses and Medical Radiation Technologists.
Mammography is the most effective way of detecting breast cancer in women. With the addition of mammography services, HHHS will be able to provide services in a remote area that is currently under-served including over 6000 at risk women who live here. This is the beginning of the types of services HHHS would like to provide to those who live, work and play here. The application to bring Mammography services to Haliburton County was strongly supported by Cancer Care Ontario.
CT Scanning has become the standard of care for the diagnosis of many life-threatening conditions such as stroke, trauma, lung blood clots and in the investigation of abdominal pain. Physicians are being trained with this in mind and expect hospitals to have these services available to them. Haliburton Highlands is the only county in Ontario without a CT Scanner and we are changing that.
Next, we look forward to working with each of you, our community, and the Haliburton Highlands Health Services Foundation to raise capital funds to purchase and install CT Scan and Mammography equipment.
“The HHHS Foundation current fundraising efforts focus on the replacement of aging DI equipment and the purchase of new equipment once approved. We are thrilled to see this approval come through and we are committed to raising the funds needed with the support of the community.” Melanie Klodt Wong, Foundation Executive Director. The HHHS Foundation has been working behind the scenes since the application process began and are working towards launching a major capital campaign in the near future now that HHHS has the go ahead.
A huge thank you to everyone who supported this application including HHHS staff, community members who wrote letters, those who advocated for this important addition and those who have already made financial contributions to the HHHS Foundation efforts to support capital equipment purchases – we couldn’t have done it without you. You are helping to make HHHS a leader in optimizing health and wellbeing in Haliburton County.
Together, we will shape the future of Healthcare in the Highlands.
Acting President & CEO of HHHS