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CT scanner available in Estevan

From the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health: 

People living in southeastern Saskatchewan now have access to specialized diagnostic imaging services closer to home. A state-of-the-art computed tomography (CT) scanner has started operating at St. Joseph’s Hospital of Estevan.

Health Minister Dustin Duncan and Minister Responsible for Rural and Remote Health Greg Ottenbreit today joined representatives from Sun Country Health Region, St. Joseph’s Hospital of Estevan, the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation, and residents for the official unveiling of the region’s new CT scanner.

“I’m very pleased that patients in this part of the province will be able to receive CT services closer to home,” Health Minister Dustin Duncan said. “The availability of this service locally means less travel time and expense for patients. It also means access to medical diagnosis and treatment sooner.”

Residents in southeast Saskatchewan often need to travel to Regina or another location for CT services. The addition of a CT scanner in Estevan helps meet the increased demand due to population growth, and improves overall capacity for CT services in the province.

“Our Region is pleased to be able to add this diagnostic tool that enables physicians to make a timely diagnosis and determine best treatment and care for their patients,” said Marga Cugnet, President and CEO, Sun Country Health Region. “This was possible thanks to the partnership between the Ministry of Health, Sun Country Health Region, St. Joseph’s Hospital and our community donors.”

“We thank the many generous donors from Southeast Saskatchewan for their contributions towards this project,” said Becky Conly, Director of St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation. “We are so grateful that our donors truly understand the importance of a strong, dynamic health care system. The St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation is proud and honoured to be such an integral part of bringing the CT scanner to St. Joseph’s Hospital, and we are excited to see this dream come to fruition.”

The St Joseph's Hospital Foundation raised $2.2 million dollars for capital costs (equipment, renovation and installation). The Foundation has also committed to raise up to $300,000 a year toward CT operating cost for the first two full years of operation.  

The Government of Saskatchewan has provided $375,000 to Sun Country Health Region for the operation of the CT scanner in the 2015-16 fiscal year, and will cover annual operating costs, estimated at $1 million per year. 

“This is a truly momentous occasion for the hospital,” said Greg Hoffort, Executive Director, St. Joseph’s Hospital of Estevan. “This state of the art technology will provide our team of health care providers additional diagnostic capability which will certainly improve the services we provide to Southeast Saskatchewan."

Estevan’s CT scanner is the fourteenth permanent hospital-based CT scanner in Saskatchewan.

The other CT scanners are located in Saskatchewan’s six regional hospitals (Lloydminster, Moose Jaw, North Battleford, Prince Albert, Swift Current, Yorkton) and the five provincial hospitals in Regina and Saskatoon. 

Posted Feb. 24   

 

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