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Riverside gets OK for CT scanner

Riverside is now one step closer to getting a CT scanner at La Verendrye Hospital here after receiving formal approval from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care yesterday.

“We received the news at about 1:30 this afternoon,” Riverside CEO Wayne Woods noted.

The approval gives Riverside the green light to proceed to tender for a 64-slice CT scanner. It will select vendors to receive the request for proposal.

“We should receive their proposals back within a couple of weeks and then we’ll go through a selection process,” Woods explained.

He added some adjustments will be needed in the vacant room once the vendor is chosen.

“Once the room is ready, the equipment can be installed,” he said.

Meanwhile, Riverside staff has completed their first module of course work to operate a CT scanner.

Patti Johnson, manager of Diagnostic Services at Riverside, was pleased to hear the news.

“Our staff [is] definitely ready to start providing this service to the communities we serve,” she said.

Teresa Hazel, director of the Riverside Foundation for Health Care, and “Just Imagine” campaign chair Deane Cunningham were equally pleased to get the news.

“The entire district has shown how much this technology is needed by how quickly they put forward the money to purchase it,” noted Hazel, referring to the very successful “Just Imagine” campaign to raise $1.5 million to purchase a CT scanner.

The campaign surpassed its fundraising goal back in just five months.

“The people of the Rainy River District deserve first-class health care and I am so pleased to hear that the ministry has given their approval so we can get the CT scanner here as quickly as possible,” added Cunningham.

Although hesitant to give any firm operational date, Woods did say the CT scanner should be here before Christmas.

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