Last week, the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation and the Lakeshore General Hospital, a facility of the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-deMontréal (Montreal West-Island IUHSSC), announced the opening of the brand new, fully equipped CT-Scan room.
Thanks to the generosity of donors, the new CT-scan is equipped with innovative elements to improve the quality of care offered to patients. Centrally located in the hospital, the new facility is easily accessible for all patients and can perform up to 75 tests per day.
On November 18th, in front of elected local officials, major donors, corporate partners and hospital staff, Ms. Heather Holmes, Managing Director of the Foundation welcomed guests and introduced Yvan Carbonneau, Director of the Executive Office of the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Îlede-Montréal, who highlighted the benefits of this new room for the West Island population.
He was followed by Dr. Fadi Aris, Head of Medical Imaging of the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-deMontréal, who presented the new equipment. Dr. Aris also explained how the Foundation’s contribution enhances the quality of the service offered at the Lakeshore General Hospital with the purchase of:
- An Advanced Detector for the CT-Scan, which improves the image resolution so much that radiation doses can be reduced and sensitive body parts can be protected. The high-quality images this detector provides is a paramount advantage when monitoring the effectiveness of treatments of our oncology patients.
- A virtual skylight to make the room more welcoming and less intimidating. While lying down to receive their diagnostic tests, patients can now benefit from a stress-reducing view of the sky. It increases the comfort level, which is key for a successful scan.
“The New CT is the most advanced in its class. Thanks to the quality of the images, our patients benefit from a faster diagnosis. It also enables us to perform tests and procedures that we could not do on-site before. For example, we can now use low-dose radiation for early detection tests for lung cancer. In short, the quality of the image is so much better that we can perform the same tests but with a reduced dose. This is great news for our patients” explained Dr. Aris.
“I am very grateful to the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation for their generous support. Thanks to their important contribution coupled with a grant from the Ministry of Health and Social Services, the Lakeshore General Hospital now has a state-of-the-art CT Scan to offer its patients. Faster and greatly improved images will help the health care team arrive more quickly to the right diagnosis. Modernizing equipment at the Lakeshore General Hospital is a priority for the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal. Thanks to the generosity of the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation, we are getting closer to reaching our goal,” says Lynne McVey, President & CEO of the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal.
“It’s a very exciting time for us since this new service in medical imaging follows a series of good news announcements at the Lakeshore General Hospital, including the reduction of the infection rate by 35%, the inauguration of 4 new ICU rooms and the opening of the multifunctional radiology room. I must confess that it is a great feeling for us at the Foundation to show everyone in the West Island what we can achieve together, for our hospital,” adds Heather Holmes.
About the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation
Founded in 1964, the Foundation’s mandate is to collect the necessary funds to improve patient care at the Lakeshore General Hospital. In this way, it contributes to the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment, major structural renovations, and assists in supporting programs and specialized training for the professional staff, providing funding to initiatives not supported by the government.