O’LEARY -- Close to 190 people took in a special dinner at O’Leary Legion Saturday night that served both as an early St. Patrick’s Day meal and a celebration of O’Leary Community Health Foundation’s successful CARES (Can Advance with X-Ray Equipment Services) campaign to raise $450,000 to purchase a new X-Ray machine for the hospital.
The soon-to-be-ordered new machine, explained John Martin, emcee for the program, will be fully digitalized allowing for the images be read by off-site specialists almost immediately, it will be easier on both staff and patient in positioning the patient for an X-Ray and the accuracy will be such that there will be less need for redoing the X-Ray.
“I’m sure the equipment this money has raised will carry us into the future a long ways,” said Foundation chair Eva Rodgerson. She marvelled at how quickly the campaign total has grown since its launch last fall. “I would say tonight would put us over the top,” she announced to the appreciative crowd. More than $13,000 was added to the campaign total because of the special dinner and its features. ScotiaBank promised to match the evening’s proceeds up to $5,000. Ticket sales, a silent auction and a cake auction brought in over $8,000, thus activating the bank’s full donation.
Rodgerson acknowledged the O’Leary Legion and its volunteers for hosting the campaign wrap-up event and “the wonderful people who brought us to the top,” referring to everyone who supported the campaign.
She also acknowledged the leadership of the campaign chairs, David and Carol Ferguson, and the honorary chairs, Doug and Georgina Ferguson who had chaired the last major campaign for the hospital.
She reported the hospital community is currently served by four physicians and two nurse practitioners.
“Without this equipment and the dedicated staff that we have who made all this possible, we just wouldn’t be here tonight,” Rodgerson said.