A group of community members with representation from the Rainy River hospital auxiliary and Riverside Foundation for Health Care has taken on the challenge to raise $50,000 to purchase an ultrasound machine for the emergency department at the Rainy River Health Centre.
This ultrasound will be utilized for emergency patients who require a quick diagnosis.
“It allows for better patient management,” noted Dr. Singleton.
“As a physician, it is important to know what I am dealing with before deciding to send a patient to a larger centre or treating them within our hospital.”
An ultrasound is a diagnostic tool. In most cases, X-ray technologists administer ultrasounds, however, it is becoming increasingly more common to see doctors utilizing this device in emergency rooms.
Dr. Beller concurred about the need for an ultrasound in the ER department and the potential for life-saving care.
“This is a quick way to assist in diagnosing a patient,” he said. “It has the potential to reduce unnecessary travel for the patient and will mean better patient care.”
Tammy McNally, nurse manager at the Rainy River Health Centre, is pleased to have the community support of this project.
“Our community has shown time and time again how much they value and support health care,” she enthused.
“The auxiliary and Riverside Foundation partner to ensure our health care needs are met,” McNally added.
The public is being asked to support this project by making a pledge over three-five years or a one-time donation.
Larry Armstrong, who is heading up the campaign, is optimistic about reaching the target early this fall.
“The sooner we reach our goal, the sooner we get this equipment,” he remarked.
“We have a committed group of individuals who will be working very hard over the next couple of months to solicit support,” Armstrong added.
“It’s Ultrasound 9-1-1 and everyone’s support is critical,” he stressed.