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Diagnostic imaging

Community hospital acquires 320-slice CT scanner

ST. ALBERT, Alta. A new CT scanner at the Sturgeon Community Hospital in St. Albert will improve patient care by providing local healthcare providers with significantly more detailed images than those produced by the previous unit. The Toshiba Aquilion 320 CT scanner was delivered this past January at a cost of $1.3 million, plus $700,000 for renovations to accommodate the equipment.

The new machine provides 320 images per scan, allowing for unprecedented detail and clarity. It replaces a decade-old unit that produced 16 images per scan.

“This investment in the CT scanner is an important part of helping our patients stay well,” says Linda Cargill, Executive Director for Community and Rural Hospitals in the Edmonton Zone of Alberta Health Services (AHS). “It is vital we keep our health care infrastructure up to date and progressive.”

The Sturgeon Community Hospital is a 167-bed community hospital located just north of Edmonton.

An additional $1.8 million is being invested in St. Albert over the next three years as part of the Government of Alberta’s Health Capital Plan. This investment will be used to purchase other hospital equipment, including two new sterilizers, 38 electric beds and a portable X-ray machine.

The funding will also be used for maintenance on the fire alarm and lighting systems at the St. Albert Public Health Clinic, among other projects.

“I am pleased that Sturgeon has received the new Toshiba CT scanner as it will ensure residents have access to superior imaging technology right in our community,” says Ken Allred, MLA, St. Albert. “Investing in upgrades to keep local health facilities running more smoothly demonstrates this government’s commitment to ensuring all Albertans have access to high quality health care.”

Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than 3.7 million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.

The Government of Alberta has committed $209 million for maintenance projects, through the Infrastructure Maintenance Program (IMP), and $75 million for technology and equipment, all part of the province’s 3-Year Health Capital Plan.

The IMP budget provides funding to cover the cost of repairs, upgrades, maintenance and replacement of building systems and building service equipment at 128 health-care sites throughout the province.

The technology and equipment budget provides funding to replace and upgrade medical equipment and technology throughout the province.

For a breakdown of how this money is being invested in communities throughout Alberta see:

Posted April 7, 2011