West Lincoln Memorial Hospital Celebrates Historic Launch of Computed Tomography (CT) Scanner
WEST NIAGARA, ON – Today, members of Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS), West Lincoln Memorial Hospital (WLMH) site and local community gathered virtually to officially launch the first-ever Computed Tomography (CT) scanner in the site’s history.
The CT scanner has been in planning since WLMH joined the HHS family of hospitals in 2014. Demand for CT scans across the Hamilton and West Niagara area has increased every year, being accelerated by the rapid population growth over the past decade. It is anticipated that this machine will provide more than 7,000 scans per year.
The scanner will serve both inpatients (those admitted to the hospital, often through the Emergency Department) as well as outpatients being referred by primary care providers across HHS’ service area. Patients requiring regular scans for multiple complex conditions, including interventions and treatments relating to cancer diagnoses, will also have the opportunity to receive scans at the site.
The CT scanner at WLMH will add capacity to and operate within HHS’ coordinated diagnostic system which serves patients across Hamilton, West Niagara and surrounding areas. Patients will continue to be scheduled for scans based on CT availability and clinical need.
Funding for the CT scanner was provided by generous donations to the West Lincoln Memorial Hospital Foundation. The machine was procured through HHS’ landmark Managed Equipment Services (MES) agreement with Siemens Healthineers. HHS funded the construction of the suite.
WLMH is currently in the final planning stages toward being rebuilt. Shovels are expected to be in the ground by late spring 2022. The CT scanner will transfer to the new building once it is built.
“This is a historic day for patients at West Lincoln Memorial Hospital and the larger West Niagara and Hamilton communities. The CT scanner at WLMH will add much needed capacity to the system, improving timely access to care and test results for patients who need it the most. We are extremely grateful for everyone who has contributed toward making this possible, and we are excited for staff and physicians to have this important tool to enhance the high-quality care already provided at the site.”
Leslie Gauthier, Vice-President, Clinical Support Services and Surgery, Hamilton Health Sciences
“Today, an incredible milestone for WLMH has been achieved. Accomplishing this feat is only possible through the generous support of many individuals and companies who value the importance of healthcare and desire giving back to help serve others. Today was an opportunity to express our heartfelt gratitude for the support given to achieve having a CT scanner in our local community hospital! Thank you to everyone who participated in making this project happen.”
Kevin Antonides, Board Chair, WLMH Foundation
• Video: “A Very Bright Future”: WLMH’s First-Ever CT Scanner
• Photos: WLMH CT suite
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Wendy Stewart, HHS Communications & Public Affairs