Submitted by Dave Robertson
The Men’s Breakfast recently made a donation to the Bruce Peninsula Health Services Foundation for the new MRI being purchased for the Owen Sound Hospital.
Presenting the cheque on behalf of the Men’s Breakfast are Ivan Smith, Jim Garner, Mike Marshall and Dave Robertson. April Patry, Executive Director of the BPHSF, made a presentation on the benefits of the new MRI at our April Breakfast and accepted the cheque.
The Men’s Breakfast is a social club that gets together monthly for breakfast and a guest speaker. Anyone interested in more information can contact Dave Robertson (519-596-8373; email@example.com).
Men’s Breakfast – Learning How Medical Projects
are Funded for our Bruce Peninsula Hospitals
Submitted by Brian McHattie
The April Men’s Breakfast meeting featured the Executive Director of the Bruce Peninsula Health Services (BPHS) Foundation, April Patry. April’s family has an interesting local history: as a young graduate of the Ontario College of Art, her father was recruited as a founding member of Circle Arts. April is new to BPHS, having followed in her father’s footsteps as former Director of a Southampton arts organization.
In partnership with local hospital auxiliaries, the Foundation raises funds for patient-focused capital projects in all three area hospitals: Lion’s Head, Wiarton and the regional Owen Sound hospital. Note that donors can specify which hospital is to receive their donation. In 2018-19 their budget is $863,000, plus another $175,000 for two special projects on surgical and mental health needs. Together with the four other health services foundations in the region, BPHS is currently raising funds for a new Magnetic Resonance Imaging unit (MRI) for Owen Sound hospital. MRIs do not use radiation like x-rays do, so are safer for our bodies.
We learned that the current MRI that many of us have used was installed in 2004 and is the oldest such machine in Ontario. Obtaining a new MRI is critical as our referral hospital in London no longer accepts our imagery due to its age and often requires patients to travel to use the MRI in their facility – a long trek for us. And new doctors may not decide to practice in this area unless an up to date MRI imager is available.
The new MRI will be less expensive ($4.7M versus almost $14M for the 2004 unit), quieter, have more room (important for those of us with a touch of claustrophobia), be faster, and have greater spatial resolution. Currently, the Owen Sound MRI delivers 11,000 patient images per year so clearly this is a critical need. The plan is to have a new MRI in operation by the end of 2019.
Subsequent to the meeting, Men’s Breakfast donated $750.00. For more information on how you can contribute, please visit the Bruce Peninsula Health Services Foundation website at www.bphsfoundation.com.
Please note that Saturday June 22 is our Annual “ Ladies Breakfast” when we invite the Ladies in the Community to join us for breakfast. Breakfast is served at 9, with coffee ready by 8. The guest speaker is Anne James who raises Monarch butterflies and will be presenting on this interesting species. Admission to this breakfast is $10 by tickets purchased in advance (no tickets sold at door) and they are available at the May 11 breakfast or by contacting Dave Robertson (519-596-8373 or firstname.lastname@example.org).