Kevin Anderson

KAPUSKASING – Today (Thursday) will be a landmark day not only for Sensenbrenner Hospital, but for the town of Kapuskasing, as the local healthcare facility officially kicks off its fundraising campaign for a CT scan machine.

“This is a very important project both for the hospital and for the town as a whole,” said fundraising coordinator Lianne Jean. “The benefits of having a CT scan machine here in our community are numerous and we hope people will be generous in their support of the project.”

Among the benefits Jean listed were the decrease in need for sending patients  out of town for routine scans, the ability to diagnose a stroke and enact stroke protocol without  having to send patients to Timmins and one benefit which may not be as obvious as others.

“When it comes to the recruitment of healthcare professionals, the more up-to-date a facility’s technology is, the more attractive the facility becomes,” said Jean. “The acquisition of a CT scan would be a very positive step in that regard”.

The cost of the project is $1.7 million.

Several big announcements are expected during today’s official launch, which is slated to run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the hospital’s lobby.

Additionally, more information will be made available at that time with regards to how members of the public may contribute.

“No amount is too small,” said Jean. “And regardless of whether you can contribute two dollars or $2,000, every bit helps and is much appreciated.”