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From the left: Larry Hilworth, Chair of the committee, Diane Rusnak, Chair of the Health Foundation, Dan McKenzie of Sharpes Soil Services, Chris Hawkins of Yorkton New Holland, Darryl Flunder of Louis Dreyfus Commodities, Boyd Ellis of Dow AgroScience, Blake Herperger of Rocky Mountain Equipment, Dallas Bond of Maple Farm Equipment, Allan Mitchell of AgraTactics Agronomy. Not present was Michael Yaholnitsky of Miccar Aerial.

Farming for Health raises $175,028 for new regional hospital 

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. 

• Major donations still needed, and continue to be made to the CT scanner campaign to meet end-of-November goal • The Health Foundation's Education Fund is now accepting applications from health region staff for 2016 awards •

we need to raise $135,000 more before the end of november for the ct scanner

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 

raised funds.

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.

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Improving health care in our region

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.

2015 events

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

Thank you!

The following businesses and corporations contributed more than $1,000 in 2014.

Access Communications | AgraTactics Agronomy
Alcon Canada Inc. | ARI Financial Services Inc.
ATP Nutrition

BASF Bayer CropScience | Boston Pizza
Brayden Ottenbreit Close Cuts for Cancer  Broadway Investments | Broda Farms Inc.
Brompton Group

Canadian Tire | Canamera Carriers Inc.
Canterra Seeds | Cargill Limited
Charis Medical Inc | Chernoff Family Foundation
Chickencow's Hearing Centre Ltd. | Christie's Funeral Home and Crematorium | City of Yorkton
Collins Barrow | Core Real Estate Inc.
Cornerstone Credit Union | Crestvue Ambulance Service Ltd. | Crusader Drilling Corp. | CSI Leasing 
CTV Television Inc. | Custom Printers

D's Signs & Designs | D & W Plumbing
Days Inn & Suites | Deneschuk Homes Ltd.
Dow AgroSciences | Dupont

E & S Morrison Family Holdings Ltd. | Eecol Electric

Fair Court Asset Management | Farm Credit Canada

Farrell Agencies Ltd. | Fedorowich Construction Fedoruk Seeds | Flaman Group of Companies

Gardon Securities | Grain Millers | GX94 Community Support Fund

Harvest Meats Employee Association | Harvest Meats | Hudye Soil Services

Invesco Trimark
Kinsmen Club of Yorkton | Kinsmen Foundation Inc. Knights of Columbus #2031

Leland, Campbell LLP | Logan Stevens Construction | Loucks Medi-Health Pharmacy
Louis Dreyfous Commodities

Maple Farm Equipment | Miccar Aerial | McMunn & Yates | Morris Industries | Mosaic Potash Esterhazy Limited Partnership

National Bank Financial | Neudorf Lions Club
Nutri Rx OSS (2002) Ltd.

Painted Hand Casino | Painted Hand Community Development Corporation | Pelly Legion Ladies Auxillary | Penguin Refrigeration Ltd. | Pioneer Securtek Chapter #59

RBC Royal Bank | Re/Max Blue Chip Realty Richardson Oilseed | RM of Spy Hill No. 152
Rocky Mountain Equipment | Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 77 | Ruff's Furniture Company Ltd. Rusnak Balacko Kachur Rusnak

S and D Solonenko Farms Ltd. | Sage Creek Developments | Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority Inc. | SaskTel | Schaan Healthcare Products | SecurTek Monitoring Solutions
SEI Investments Canada Company | Sharpe's Soil Services Ltd. | Shawn Patenaude Legal Prof Corp. SherRing Gold | Shoppers Drug Mart | Smith Steel Inc. | Solonenko Farms | Spilchuk Farms Ltd. Strategic Charitable Giving Foundation | Syngeta Sunrise Landscaping

TA Foods Ltd. | TD Canada Trust | Terry Ortynsky's Royal Ford | TFYogurt Yorkton Inc. | Triple A Directional Drilling Truck Proz Inc.

Ukrainian Catholic Brotherhood

Value Tire & Battery

Wagner's Flooring | Watrych Ventures Inc.
Western Financial Group

Yara | Yorkton Concrete 2012 Ltd | Yorkton Co-operative Association Ltd. | Yorkton Distributors Yorkton Elks Lodge #392 | Yorkton Lions Club Yorkton New Holland | Yorkton Toyota | Yorkton This Week | Yorkton Welding & Machine (1983) Ltd.