Light-a-Bulb on top
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The Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation’s 2021 Light-a-Bulb campaign was the most successful ever.
The initial aim of the campaign was to purchase two new ventilators for the VJH respiratory service along with much-needed testing equipment, but the campaign raised enough that more priorities within the hospital could also be addressed.
“It is with great enthusiasm and gratitude that we receive two new portable digital X-ray machines. These machines will be used across all departments of the hospital for patients who are too ill or injured to be transported to the imaging department,” says Travis Thompson, Professional Practice Leader for Medical Imaging.
“With traditional X-rays, a technologist has to leave a patient’s bedside to have an image processed in the department, which can take up to 10 minutes. However, digital x-rays take only five seconds to process and can be performed at the bedside, resulting in greater efficiency and more patients photographed per day.
State-of-the-art units, which provide higher resolution and more detailed images to help doctors make a prognosis, are slowly replacing older, outdated machines throughout the hospital.
One of the new machines will be used exclusively in the intensive care unit, helping to speed up X-rays for the most seriously ill patients, with the other being shared between several departments.
“Thanks to the generous support of our North Okanagan communities, we had the most successful Light-a-Bulb in the history of the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation. We couldn’t have done it without the amazing community I’m so proud to call home,” said Michael Kinghorn, President of the VJH Foundation and Chair of the 2021 Light-a-Bulb Campaign.