Hospital may go into new year to reach fundraising goal: Bellefeuille

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Jeannette Despatie, CEO Cornwall Community Hospital, at a community up-date meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at Best Western Parkway Inn and Conference Centre.

The Cornwall Community Hospital Foundation hosted a meeting recently for  community leaders, business professionals and donors for an update on the  $3.5-million To Your Health Campaign launched earlier this year, funds from which will be used to purchase a digital urology table and an MRI Scanner.

Although the campaign is still short $ 1 milllion, they are hopeful that the remainder will be raised by the end of the year. “If need be we will move it into the new year,” said Angela Bellefeuille, who along with her father Roy Perkins, are co-chairing the campaign.

“It’s been a great ride, the rewards are tremendous,” said Perkins. “The warm spirit that we feel in this community from everyone we’ve met has been extremely satisfying.”

Work continues at the hospital site.

“The site is now being cleaned up and landscaping has now begun,” said Jeannette Despatie, CCH CEO. “It’s quite exciting.”

In terms of construction, she said, the west wing is scheduled for completion in early 2013. The new wing will be home to the emergency department, in the north end on level one. On the second level will be the six operating theatres as well as day surgery.

All of the diagnostic imaging, including MRI, CT, x-ray, and mammography, will be in one area rather than spread across two sites, she explained. High volume, high tech will be in the new building.

“Most of our business is outpatient, emergency and surgery,” said Despatie, “Most of the people being served will be in the new building.

Phase three - renovations of the existing tower - will commence as they begin to move into the new building. This includes the existing ER which will become the future space for day clinics currently located on Second Street.

When renovations are completed, level four and five inpatient and outpatient mental health and dialysis, will also move to the McConnell site. All of the services currently offered on Second Street will be consolidate on McConnell by spring 2014.

Recently the arrival of the MRI magnet was front page news as it was delivered to its permanent home. The room itself at a cost of 3.3 million as well as operation costs of scanner will be covered by the province.

Operating five days a week this MRI will provide the capacity for 3000 diagnostic tests each year.

“The digital urology table is also an important piece of equipment that will be part of one of the operating theatres,” she said, “Our surgeons are really excited about having this piece of equipment.”

Total 113 million project has been stretch over five years, in three phases, as well as early works project, which included the birthing suites.

“We are pleased on how it’s moving forward, and we’re quite comfortable that we will be able to pay for it when we get to the final hour,” said Despatie.

Organizations: Cornwall Community Hospital Foundation

Geographic location: Second Street

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