The Crossroads Campaign

The Crossroads Campaign
  • $1,600,000 raisedGoal $2,200,000


Why KDH Needs a CT Scanner, Now!

A conversation with Dr. Colin Sentongo, KDH's Chief of Staff

The KDH Foundation is currently fundraising for a CT scanner. In a conversation with the Foundation, Dr. Colin Sentongo, Chief of Staff, described the CT scanner as “the gold standard requirement to operate a modern ER.” Not only do our complex patients require it, but physicians expect to have it as part of their toolbox, he explained.

“We are always competing for the limited supply of ER physicians, and the CT will improve this physician recruitment as it is an expectation for a hospital with our demographics and patient volumes to have one,” said Dr. Sentongo. He explained that it is so much easier for a physician to have a CT scanner available onsite and not have to convince a physician over the phone at a tertiary [highly specialized] care centre that a patient needs one, and meets the threshold for transfer. “For the patient, a CT scan can provide early diagnosis, which means early management or planning of management of the particular health issue.”

Lots of times a patient, for example, needs surveillance of their cancer. Travelling to Ottawa at a fragile point in their life adds an unnecessary burden. We need the technology at home, in Kemptville.

—Dr. Colin Sentongo
KDH's Chief of Staff

Dr. Sentongo recognized that we cannot continue to burden other health centres with our requests to use their CT scanners. Some of our partner referral institutions are actually incredulous that we do not have our own, and sometimes resent receiving transfers that overburden their ERs that are already running over capacity.

There are also other practical concerns. “Without a CT scanner at KDH, both our patients and their families are impacted,” said Dr. Sentongo. “Consider this: after waiting through triage at KDH, a patient who requires a CT scan is sent by ambulance to an Ottawa hospital. This means one of our nursing staff must ride with the patient, which makes us short-staffed. The ambulance cannot wait around and returns to base or has to attend to another emergency. The patient must therefore make his or her way back to Kemptville under their own recognizance when they are finished with their CT if it is normal.” He shared another scenario: “If a patient is given an appointment for CT, a family member or friend might have to take time off work to transport their loved one 100 km or more, round trip, outside of our area.”

In addition to reducing the travel to other locations for a CT scan, Dr. Sentongo said that having CT at KDH will be very helpful for our inpatient unit. He explained that, “Lots of times a patient, for example, needs surveillance of their cancer. Travelling to Ottawa at a fragile point in their life adds an unnecessary burden. We need the technology at home, in Kemptville.”

Dr. Sentongo also addressed the steady growth of the Kemptville community, with residential projects and nursing homes sprouting up constantly. “With our changing demographics and population growth, we need to be prepared. "We need to operate our ER like a city one. The reality is that Kemptville will soon be considered a suburb of Ottawa. We need to prepare ourselves for more growth. Having a CT scanner is an essential part of this planning.”

Community Heroes

The KDH Foundation established its Community Hero initiative to recognize businesses and their outstanding support of the Foundation in the communities which KDH serves.

communtiy hero grahame's bakeryPictured (left to right): Deb Wilson; Margret Norenberg, Foundation Board Chair; Rick Grahame.

Grahame's Bakery, Kemptville

communtiy hero b&h grocerPictured, centre: Judy and Jim Beveridge; to the right of Judy and Jim: Margret Norenberg, Foundation Board Chair; MPP Steve Clark; Joanne Mavis, Foundation Executive Director.

B & H Your Community Grocer, Kemptville

communtiy hero perkins hardwarePictured (l-r) Lyle, Heather and Mark Perkins, Margret Norenberg, KDH Board Foundation Chair and Joanne Mavis, KDH Foundation Executive Director.

Perkins Hardware Building Centre, North Gower

The success of our hospital is dependent on our community being behind us. If there was ever a time to go big, this is it.

—Dr. Annelise Miller
former Chief of ER

Donor Stories

Soloway Jewish Community Centre Makes Donation

Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation Makes Donation

Debra Amirault donates 2 cheques

Debra Amirault Makes Donation in Memory of Her Mother

bridge club donation

Kemptville Duplicate Bridge Club

Monday Afternoon Women’s Curling League

North Grenville Monday Afternoon Women’s Curling League Make a Donation

petra surrounded by her hand knit dolls

The Creative Hands of Petra McElrea

ng chamber of commerce donation

Little Black Dress Event Fundraiser

cd 4 ct album art

CDs for CTs

pumpkin chuck volunteers

Pumpkin Chuck at Ferguson Forest

Pat Poirier, Foundation Director, receives from Judy Luttau the proceeds from the 2023 “Donate for  Dustin Golf Tournament”.

Donation from Dustin Golf Tournament


Six year old Gracie
Lemonade Stand


Barbara Larry
KDH Volunteer


International Plowing Match

We’ve actually lost physicians or had physicians turn us down because they feel that CT Scans are a basic necessity. They felt they couldn’t appropriately treat patients without that tool.

—Brittany Rivard
CFO, VP Operations

Fundraising for the Cause

$73,236 raised through the KDH Foundation Corporate Golf Classic

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Watch the 2023 Golf Tournament Video

Credit: Anna Van Adrichem Vachon

2023 golf sponsors

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

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