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Wednesday, 23 September 2015 07:09

Radiothon goes full swing for Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation

Written by  Sean Finell
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It’s time to ring those phones again: Radiothon 2015 is coming up next week.


On Oct. 1 and 2, the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation, and CKSW 570, will broadcast from the atrium of the Cypress Regional Hospital raising money to “Keep Healthcare Strong.”
This year’s Radiothon will be dedicated to our largest campaign of the year, Long-term care. As the largest fundraising event we are part of throughout the year, we have all benefitted from the success of Radiothon over its history, and we hope to be successful again.
Radiothon got its start in Swift Current in 2009. That was the year that the Foundation and the radio station first came together to help gather the money needed for a larger, (read — very expensive), piece of medical equipment. The need for these pieces of equipment is identified by the Cypress Health Region, but often the bigger ticket items don’t fit within the budget. In 2009, that piece of equipment was the digital mammography unit, for the early detection of breast cancer.
Since its purchase and installation, it does on average, 544 diagnostic mammograms annually and 1,586 screening mammograms annually.
In the following years, Radiothon has been used to help fund critical care equipment for the emergency department; the simulation lab which is used as a teaching tool to train physicians and the remote cardiac monitoring system.
The CT Scanner was purchase was aided by funds raised through Radiothon.
Last year Radiothon was designated toward the holmium laser purchase. A treatment tool that may be used in a variety of medical procedures including gastroenterology, orthopedics, podiatry and more, the holmium laser has been well used since its installation by urologist Dr. Francisco Garcia in the treatment of kidney stones and bladder stones.
It allows Dr. Garcia the ability to treat any stone in any location with no surgical scars, and very little recovery time required.
For the 2015 Radiothon, we are looking to long-term care. The new home for residents of long-term care is being built adjacent to the hospital, and the Foundation is working to fund each of the 21 long-term care homes (each with 10 beds), and the 15-bed hospice.
You will be hearing a lot more about this in the coming weeks and months, but the first big event will be Radiothon. We sincerely hope you tune in Oct. 1 and Oct. 2, and donate generously to “Keep Healthcare Strong” in southwest Saskatchewan.
(Sean Finell is the Special Events/Public Relations Co-ordinator for the Dr Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation.)

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