Elise Verge gets a preview of a CT exam at Penticton Regional Hospital. The South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation has successfully raised $3 million for a second CT at PRH to be operational by early 2022.(Submitted)

Community comes through for $3M CT scanner at Penticton Regional Hospital

The second CT scanner would be located near the emergency department

Thanks to the efforts of community donors, Penticton Regional Hospital will be getting a second CT scanner.

Donors throughout the region pooled together to meet the $3 million goal to purchase the piece of equipment.

“We’ve received an extraordinary response from the community in support of this project. It’s so heart-warming,” said Peter Steele, chair of the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation board in a news release. “Our sincere thanks to everyone who donated.”

The fundraising campaign was launched last May when Peters Bros. Construction pledged $1.7-million to the project.

During the following months, individual donors, service organizations and businesses throughout the South Okanagan Similkameen came through with a further $1.3 million.

The Okanagan Similkameen Regional Hospital District also contributed $2 million to the project. In addition to the machine itself, extensive building renovations are required.

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This latest model CT will provide higher quality images and reduce the heavy demand on the existing machine which currently operates from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on-call overnight.

The CT was not part of the original plans for the $312-million PRH expansion which is now into Phase 2 and includes a major upgrade to the Emergency Department.

The new machine will be located near the ER and should be operational by the time the renovation is complete in early 2022.

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