Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation Launches New Campaign in Support of Diagnostic Imaging at CKHA and Announces $1 Million Gift Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation Launches New Campaign in Support of Diagnostic Imaging at CKHA and Announces $1 Million Gift – Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation

Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation Launches New Campaign in Support of Diagnostic Imaging at CKHA and Announces $1 Million Gift

CHATHAM, ON (Wednesday, October 15, 2014): Today, the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation (CKHA) launched Phase 1 of the Future in Focus – CKHA Diagnostic Imaging Equipment Renewal Campaign. This multi-million dollar campaign will support the purchase of new diagnostic imaging equipment for CKHA’s Diagnostic Imaging Department at the Chatham and Sydenham Campuses, including a new CT Scan, a new Fluoroscopy System, new Ultrasound Equipment and a new Bone Densitometer.

It was also announced that this new campaign has received close to $2 million in funding to date, including a $1 million gift from Chatham-Kent resident, Mr. Wiet Peeters, Founder of Peeters’ Mushroom Farm in Charing Cross.

With an overall fundraising goal of $6.9 million, these generous donations have given this campaign a wonderful start, with $4.9 million remaining to complete Phase 1 of this campaign over the next three years.

“We are thrilled to officially launch the CKHA Diagnostic Imaging Equipment Renewal Campaign and announce the immensely generous lead gift of $1 million from Mr. Wiet Peeters,” says Michele Grzebien-Huckson, Executive Director, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation. “As the fundraising body for our community hospitals, we have always been very fortunate to receive tremendous support from the residents of Chatham-Kent. Bringing this new state-of-the-art equipment to Chatham-Kent will have a significant impact on local healthcare and I am confident that our community will once again help us reach our fundraising goal.”

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 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.

“If you have had a diagnostic imaging exam at CKHA’s Chatham or Sydenham Campuses, you know first-hand the benefit of having these services close to home,” says Dr. Cassie Harnarine, Chair, Board of Directors, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation. “The significant advances in diagnostic imaging over the past decade have resulted in more accurate diagnoses and less invasive treatment for patients. To ensure we are providing the best care possible for the residents of Chatham-Kent, we need to bring this new diagnostic imaging equipment to CKHA.”

Giving Thanks

During the ‘quiet phase’ of this campaign, the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation has been very fortunate to receive several generous gifts in support of our efforts to bring this new diagnostic imaging equipment to our community.

Gifts from the Public General Hospital Foundation; St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation; the CKHA Helping Hands Auxiliary and various individual donors as well as the proceeds from the 2nd Annual Chatham-Kent Pumpkin Run… for local healthcare, held on Sunday, October 5, 2014, have helped give this campaign a great start.

At today’s launch event, the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation announced a $1 million gift to the campaign from Mr. Wiet Peeters, Founder of Peeters’ Mushroom Farm – one of the largest gifts ever received by the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation.

In honour of this gift, the CT Scan Suite at CKHA’s Chatham Campus will be renamed the Mr. Wiet Peeters and Family CT Scan Suite.

Your help is needed…

We all want quality healthcare close to home and your help is needed. Please consider a donation to the CKHA Diagnostic Imaging Equipment Renewal Campaign and help us bring this state-of-the-art equipment to our community hospitals.

Please give generously to the CKHA Diagnostic Imaging Equipment Renewal Campaign. To make your donation, please visit www.ckhaf.ca or call 519.436.2538. Thank you for your support!

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For more information, please contact:
Michele Grzebien-Huckson, Executive Director

Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation

mgrzebien-huckson@ckha.on.ca OR 519-436-2538



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