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Computed tomography

Two provinces fund Lloydminster CT

The governments of Alberta and Saskatchewan are both contributing to the acquisition and operating costs of a new CT scanner in Lloydminster, where it will serve the population of Lloydminster and the surrounding area. Lloydminister straddles the Saskatchewan-Alberta border.

Representatives of the Saskatchewan and Alberta governments were joined by health region officials and community leaders at the official opening of the Husky Energy CT Suite at Lloydminster Hospital. The hospital is owned and operated by Prairie North Health Region on the Saskatchewan side of the border.

“Lloydminster’s new scanner will address a high priority area by providing residents with convenient and stable CT service,” Saskatchewan Health Minister Len Taylor (pictured) said. “This project is a wonderful example of how co-operation between governments, health regions and community partners can help to address a growing need. It will make an immediate, positive difference in the lives of patients and their families.”

“The CT scan suite is the result of cooperation between our two provincial governments, health regions, and the Lloydminster Region Health Foundation,” Alberta Health and Wellness Minister Iris Evans said. “The residents of Lloydminster and area will now enjoy the benefits of this valuable diagnostic imaging service.”

Saskatchewan initiated the project, committing $670,000 in federal health funding provided to the province in 2004. Through East Central Health (ECH), the Government of Alberta is providing $1.5 million, plus a further $370,000 from the Health Sustainability Initiative Grant toward the cost of the CT scanner equipment and renovations required to install the scanner. In addition, ECH has agreed to share annual operating costs with Prairie North Health Region.

The initiative was also supported by the Lloydminster Region Health Foundation’s Health First Campaign and a $335,000 contribution from Husky Energy. In recognition of that donation, the suite is named the Husky Energy CT Suite.

“Husky Energy cares about Lloydminster and the people who live and work here. We are pleased to be able to give back to the community and help make possible the acquisition of this CT scan facility,” Husky’s President and Chief Executive Officer Mr. John C. S. Lau said.

Prairie North Regional Health Authority Chairperson Bonnie O’Grady said the region is pleased to be able to address the rising demand for diagnostic imaging services. “We now have the staff, the facility, and the financial support in place to address this high priority,” O’Grady said. “This service will have a very positive effect, helping make it easier for Lloydminster Hospital to attract and keep specialists, and providing our patients with accessible, quality diagnostic imaging services.”

“The provision of CT services has been an ongoing priority for East Central Health so we are very pleased to have this CT up and running,” ECH Board Chair Ed Andersen said . “This new CT and a second opening in Camrose later this year will greatly improve access to this basic diagnostic service for residents of our region.”

CT scans enable physicians to take cross-sectional images of bones, muscles and organs that are more detailed than a general X-ray. The new scanner will be able to conduct about 5,000 exams per year. In 2004-05, more than 90,000 CT exams were done in Saskatchewan, an increase of about 9 percent over the previous year. Capacity is expected to reach about 103,000 exams in 2005-06.

 

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