It’s possible no one knows better the benefits of the relationship VIHA has with Lady Minto Hospital Foundation than Dr. Don Shea. All hospitals rely heavily on their Foundations for support in the area of equipment acquisition and Lady Minto is “unusually well equipped”. Make no mistake, Dr. Shea states that “VIHA is extremely appreciative of the splendid job and the good working relationship”. He also ponders whether we wouldn’t be as well equipped if the Foundation weren’t as eager to fund the necessary purchases. He believes the Foundation’s readiness has prodded VIHA to step up to the plate in Medical Imaging, where maybe they might not have been as quick.
One of the most dramatic improvements in Medical Imaging was the PACS equipment project. The Foundation was able to put their full support behind this regional initiative and purchase the system in 2005, worth over $320,000. This system is a way of reporting and having access within VIHA. With this new advancement film was gone and the usual turnaround time of 3-5 days was reduced to immediate transferring across network lines. The digital recordings are read in a film reader then the images are recorded digitally and within a short period of time they are being reviewed by the doctor.
It is the oldest piece of equipment in Medical Imaging.
With the new bed, all patients are able to sit down on the bed and….
The final piece in the CR Radiographic room is the Chest Stand. I don’t think anyone can question the importance of this room to Salt Spring Island residents. A busy department, well funded by the Foundation and VIHA and staffed by a dedicated group of individuals.