26th Annual Christmas Wish Tree to Support the CKHA Diagnostic Imaging Equipment Renewal Campaign 26th Annual Christmas Wish Tree to Support the CKHA Diagnostic Imaging Equipment Renewal Campaign – Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation

26th Annual Christmas Wish Tree to Support the CKHA Diagnostic Imaging Equipment Renewal Campaign

The Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation (CKHA) is pleased to announce the launch of its 26th Annual Christmas Wish Tree Appeal.

Last year’s appeal was a tremendous success, raising more than $130,450 for the $6.9 million CKHA Diagnostic Imaging Equipment Renewal Campaign. This year, the proceeds from the Christmas Wish Tree Appeal will once again be directed to this important campaign to raise the funds needed to purchase four new, urgently needed, pieces of capital equipment for CKHA’s Diagnostic Imaging Department.

To date, more than $3 million has been raised for the CKHA Diagnostic Imaging Equipment Renewal Campaign.

26th Annual Christmas Wish Tree Appeal
Christmas Wish Tree has become a cherished tradition in our community. Through this appeal, residents of Chatham-Kent are able to publicly honour or remember a family member, friend, colleague and/or business by making a donation to illuminate a blue, silver or gold Christmas Wish Tree light in support of their local hospitals.

Over the next few days, Chatham-Kent residents will receive a Christmas Wish Tree Appeal in the mail and information is available online at www.ckhaf.ca, via the Christmas Wish Tree logo on the homepage. Donations are being accepted online, via mail, over the phone or in-person at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation’s Chatham office at 9 Ursuline Ave.

Beautiful souvenir snowflake ornaments will also be available for purchase for $10 each at the Christmas Wish Tree kiosk at CKHA’s Chatham Campus. All proceeds from the sale of the ornaments will be directed to this year’s Christmas Wish Tree Appeal.

As in previous years, all Christmas Wish Tree honourees will be featured in The Chatham Daily News and the Wallaceburg Courier Press on a weekly basis, starting the week of November 23, 2015.

Donations to Christmas Wish Tree will be accepted until January 6, 2016, to accommodate the publishing of the honourees’ names in the January 11, 2016 and January 14, 2016, editions of The Chatham Daily News and the Wallaceburg Courier Press. Donations following the January 6, 2016, deadline will be gladly accepted.

“We are excited to announce the launch of our 26th Annual Christmas Wish Tree Appeal,” says Michele Grzebien-Huckson, Executive Director, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation. “A sincere thank you to all of the individuals and businesses who generously support this appeal year-after-year and to those who will make their very first donation this holiday season! Every contribution to this year’s Christmas Wish Tree Appeal will bring us one step closer to reaching our fundraising goal for the CKHA Diagnostic Imaging Equipment Renewal Campaign and to bringing new, urgently needed, diagnostic imaging equipment to our local hospitals – and for that, we are very grateful.”

26th Annual Christmas Wish Tree Lighting Ceremony
The Christmas Wish Trees at CKHA’s Chatham and Sydenham Campuses will be illuminated on Thursday, December 17, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to this annual ceremony to enjoy Christmas carols, words from CKHA’s Spiritual Care staff, refreshments and to view the trees which will be decorated in gold, sliver and blue lights – signifying the level of gifts received through this year’s appeal.

A sincere thank you to The Chatham Daily News, the Wallaceburg Courier Press, Delhaven Orchards and Marge and Tom Turner for their continued support of the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation’s Annual Christmas Wish Tree Appeal and Christmas Wish Tree Lighting Ceremony. For more information, please visit www.ckhaf.ca, call 519.436.2538 or email foundation@ckha.on.ca.

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 was launched in late 2014 to support CKHA in the purchase of new equipment for CKHA’s Diagnostic Imaging Department.

The need to replace this diagnostic imaging equipment is 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 Fluoroscopy System, a new CT Scan, 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 and gynecology, 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 $3 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’s efforts have raised over $39 million for local healthcare.

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For more information, please contact:

Michele Grzebien-Huckson                                    Barbara Noorenberghe
Executive Director                                                    Development Officer – Special Events
519.436.2538                                                             519.436.2538
mgrzebien@ckha.on.ca                                           bnoorenberghe@ckha.on.ca

 

Pictured above:  Dr. Victor Varma, Staff Radiologist, Dr. Patricia Tomney, Staff Radiologist, CKHA; Michele Grzebien-Huckson, Executive Director, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation, and Dr. Main Yee, Chief Radiologist, CKHA.



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