The Farming for Health
committee presented the
proceeds of the 2015
crop year to The Health
Foundation at the annual
Gala Night in Yorkton on
Oct. 24. The proceeds
go into the fund for a
new regional hospital.
"This is a project that all
of the participants
believe in," said Larry
Hilworth, Chair of the
committee. "There is a
lot of work to farming
this land; all of the businesses involved set aside their own business for a period of time to donate time, equipment or product to make this project successful. This project is a success because the people involved care and want to see the project succeed.
"This cheque we are presenting today is from the efforts of a number of businesses and individuals who believe in giving back to their community. Everyone working on this project understand we all have to work to make our communities better places to live work and raise our families," continued Mr. Hilworth.
In 2015 Farming for Health farmed 560 acres of canola. The committee is comprised of Maple Farm Equipment, Rocky Mountain Equipment, Yorkton New Holland, Louis Dreyfus Commodities, Yorkton Co-op, AgraTactics Agronomy, Miccar Aerial, Sharp's Soil Services, and is chaired by Larry Hilworth.
This was the third year the Farming for Health project. The project has raised net revenue of $594,000 in three years. The farming project will continue in 2016 and the committee will make an announcement in 2016 regarding the scope of the farm project and the participants.
The CT scanner at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre is now 10 years old and needs to be replaced. The manufacturer has advised that they will stop making parts for the current machine at the end of this year, and since the current machine is increasingly out of service for repair we know we will be unable to have it fixed early in 2016.
A CT scanner costs $1.2 million,
making it the most expensive
piece of equipment for which
The Health Foundation has
The provincial government has
agreed to pay half, and The
Health Foundation has raised
about $465,000 of the necessary
$600,000 to date.
In order to participate in a group
buy with several other health
regions that also need to replace
their scanner, we must have our money raised by the end of November, which will save about $60,000 on the purchase price.
The new scanner will do tremendous good because the technology has changed so much in the last 10 years. Our current CT is a 16-slice machine and the new machine will be a 256-slice scanner, meaning it will provide our medical staff with a much more detailed view on which to base their diagnosis.
Last year 4,300 patients used the CT scanner at the Regional Hospital and many of them used the machine several times. Every year the number of patients needing a CT scan grows. This new machine will enable an earlier diagnosis of some cancers and heart conditions. It will save lives.
The Health Foundation of East Central Saskatchewan, Inc. is a volunteer organization dedicated to being the leaders in continuously improving and expanding the quality of healthcare and medical services in east central Saskatchewan.
Our mission is to work in partnership with donors, the community, healthcare providers and government to raise and invest funds in capital and educational initiatives that will enhance healthcare services for our health region.
The Foundation is guided by a volunteer board, and operates independently from both the health region and government. It receives no money other than your much-appreciated donations.
Lottery: Last date of sales is May 22. Final draw May 29.
Hoja: March 1
Radiothon: April 20 and 21
Charity Golf Classic: June 11
Road Race/Community Walk: Aug. 16
Gala: Oct. 24