New Liskeard, Ont.: After eight successful 50/50 draws, the Temiskaming Hospital Foundation’s Board of Directors has selected a bone densitometry unit to purchase with the money raised from draws two to seven. This piece of equipment was ranked as high priority on the foundation’s 2021-2022 Capital Equipment List, a list that features nearly $400,000 worth of items needed for the hospital. Money raised from the first draw went towards automated blood pressure monitors for various hospital departments.
“Our current bone densitometry unit was installed in our Diagnostic Imaging Department in 2001 making it 20 years old this year,” said Temiskaming Hospital Diagnostic Imaging Charge Technologist Natalie Rivet. She continued, “Bone densitometry uses a very small dose of ionizing radiation to produce images inside of the body to measure bone loss. It is commonly used to diagnose osteoporosis or to assess an individual's risk for developing osteoporotic fractures. Bone densitometry is simple, quick and noninvasive and is the most commonly used method for diagnosing osteoporosis.”
The Temiskaming Hospital Foundation’s 50/50 has seen $286,525 raised to date and over $290,425 won in jackpots and early bird prizes since launching December 2020.
“For a community our size, we are more than thrilled to see how much our 50/50 draws have raised especially in comparison to other communities of much larger populations,” said Temiskaming Hospital Foundation President Jim Rowe. He continued, “We want to thank our community members who continue to support us.”
The foundation’s ninth draw is currently under way and will close on September 15th, 2021. The foundation has received approval from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario for twelve draws with the final one closing December 15th, 2021.
The 50/50 is one of the final fundraisers for the Care Close to Home campaign which will end on March 31st, 2022. The goal of the Care Close to Home campaign is to raise $6.5M to replace aging and outdated equipment at Temiskaming Hospital, and to date, $5,142,393 has been raised.
Temiskaming Hospital Foundation’s mission is to raise funds and manage donor gifts for the purpose of supporting outstanding clinical care for the communities served by Temiskaming Hospital. For the most up-to-date information about the Temiskaming Hospital Foundation, please visit www.temiskaminghospitalfoundation.org.