25th Annual Christmas Wish Tree Has Raised More Than $120,100 to Date 25th Annual Christmas Wish Tree Has Raised More Than $120,100 to Date – Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation

25th Annual Christmas Wish Tree Has Raised More Than $120,100 to Date

CHATHAM, ON (Friday, December 19, 2014): Last night, residents of Chatham-Kent gathered at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance’s (CKHA) Chatham and Sydenham Campuses for the annual lighting of the Christmas Wish Trees. At the event, attendees enjoyed Christmas carols, hot cider and goodies and learned that more than $120,100 has been raised to date via this year’s Christmas Wish Tree Appeal in support of the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation’s $6.9 million CKHA Diagnostic Imaging Equipment Renewal Campaign.

“We are absolutely thrilled with the wonderful response we have received to this year’s Christmas Wish Tree Appeal,” says Michele Grzebien-Huckson, Executive Director, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation. “This has been our most successful Christmas Wish Tree Appeal to date and we are very grateful to our supporters for their immensely generous support of this appeal and our new campaign.”

Donations to the 25th Annual Christmas Wish Tree Appeal will be accepted until January 8, 2015, to accommodate the publishing of the honourees’ names in the January 12, 2015, and January 15, 2015, editions of The Chatham Daily News and the Wallaceburg Courier Press. Donations following the January 8, 2015, deadline will be gladly accepted.

About the CKHA Diagnostic Imaging Equipment Renewal Campaign

As part of the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation’s directive to raise funds to support CKHA’s Highest Priority Needs, the CKHA Diagnostic Imaging Equipment Renewal Campaign has been launched to support CKHA in the purchase of new diagnostic imaging equipment for CKHA’s Diagnostic Imaging Department.

The need to replace this diagnostic imaging equipment has become an urgent priority for CKHA as the equipment is quickly reaching ‘end of life’ and needs to be replaced to ensure that CKHA’s current and future Physicians and healthcare professionals have the best diagnostic tools available, leading to faster diagnoses and ultimately better care for our patients.

Phase 1 of this campaign will focus on the purchase of a new CT Scan, a new Fluoroscopy System, new Ultrasound Equipment and a new Bone Densitometer for CKHA’s Diagnostic Imaging Department at the Chatham and Sydenham Campuses. These four key pieces of equipment serve almost every program offered at CKHA and are key for diagnoses in a multitude of cases, including heart, stroke, cancer, orthopaedics, rehabilitation, obstetrics, gynecology and urology, just to name a few.

Even though this equipment is considered essential for care at CKHA, as with all capital equipment needs at our local hospitals, the purchase of this equipment is not supported through government funding. To date, more than $2 million has been raised for this important campaign.

About the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation

The Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation (CKHA) was established in 1998 to enhance the quality of healthcare available to the citizens of Chatham-Kent by raising funds and providing other resources to support CKHA. It accomplishes this through annual campaigns, capital and endowment campaigns, memorial giving, special events and planned giving. To date, the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation has raised over $37 million for local healthcare.

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For more information, contact:
Michele Grzebien-Huckson Barbara Noorenberghe
Executive Director Development Officer – Special Events
519.436.2538 519.436.2538
mgrzebien-huckson@ckha.on.ca bnoorenberghe@ckha.on.ca



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