Message from the Chair
Over the past two years, the Hospital and Foundation have been working on setting the wheels in motion to bring a CT scanner to KDH. The hospital had to first get approval from the government to operate a scanner and then find the funding to build a new space to house the unit.
Thanks to a pledge of $900,000 from both the Municipality of North Grenville and the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville, the cost of the ‘build’ has been covered.
The Foundation now needs to raise $2.2 Million to purchase the CT scanner itself. Thanks to the support of some early donations, we have already raised close to $600,000.
Kemptville has a very generous town spirit. That’s what a small town is all about.
Chair of the Hospital Foundation
I would like to thank the generous donors who have contributed to this important campaign thus far. We are calling our fundraising campaign 'The Crossroads Campaign' as we are truly at a crossroads: a CT scanner is an essential tool we can no longer do without.
You can help by making your donation. Or buy a ticket for a chance to win a 2023 Camaro through ctscannerlottery.ca.
Every donation counts.
Chair, KDH Foundation Board of Directors
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.”
The KDH Foundation established its Community Hero initiative to recognize businesses and their outstanding support of the Foundation in the communities which KDH serves.
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
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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.
CFO, VP Operations
Fundraising for the Cause
$73,236 raised through the KDH Foundation Corporate Golf Classic
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