New locally-funded X-ray unit in Sylvan Lake
February 3, 2021
SYLVAN LAKE, Alta. – Installation of a new digital radiographic X-ray unit at the Sylvan Lake Advanced Ambulatory Care Service is now complete and local residents are benefitting from the new technology. The new unit reduces the need for patients to travel to larger centres and improves the speed, accuracy and efficiency of diagnosis and treatment.
Funding for the equipment came from an $850,000 donation from local residents Stephen and Jacqueline Wuori, who partnered with the Sylvan Lake and Area Urgent Care Committee to coordinate their gift.
“This generous donation from the Wuori family is a testament to the strength and compassion of Albertans,” said Devin Dreeshen (pictured), MLA for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake. “I’m impressed when innovative thinkers work together to bring advanced health equipment to our communities, ultimately building a strong and healthy Alberta for years to come.”
“It is truly exciting to see this new equipment go into service for the benefit of the Sylvan Lake community and surrounding area,” said Stephen and Jacqueline Wuori in a statement. “Everything has gone smoothly and we appreciate the co-operative relationship we have had with the Urgent Care Committee and Alberta Health Services.”
Unlike the facility’s previous X-ray machine, the new unit can perform image stitching, which connects multiple X-ray images together to create one high-resolution image. This is especially beneficial to patients with scoliosis and those in need of orthopedic surgery on a knee or hip, as local and area patients no longer have to travel to Red Deer or Olds.
“This new technology will reduce the time it takes to gather images and send them to a physician for review. That means patients will receive results sooner than with the previous machine,” says Valerie Thompson, area director, Lacombe, Ponoka and Red Deer Counties. “Alberta Health Services is extremely grateful for this generous donation. It isn’t just an investment in healthcare, it’s an investment in the entire community.”
About 900 X-rays are performed monthly at the facility.
In recognition of mandatory public health measures, a formal grand opening event will not be held. AHS is including pictures with this release for media to use as needed. Included are pictures of the equipment, and Combined Lab and X-Ray Technologist Rebecca Walter demonstrating the machine.
The Sylvan Lake and Area Urgent Care Committee raises funds and accepts donations for the purchase of medical equipment for the Sylvan Lake Advanced Ambulatory Care Service. The service opened in 2018 and offers treatment for urgent, non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses.
Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.