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Kelowna hospital brings back Day of Giving to fund new MRI machine

Over $3.8 million has been raised for KGH since founding of fundraiser
The Change Bandits will be on Pandosy St. in front of KGH on the Day of Giving, drumming up change from passing vehicles. (Submitted)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation.

The annual Day of Giving returns on Wednesday, May 17, a fundraiser that has brought in more than $3.8 million over its seven-year span.

This year, money raised will be going directly towards a brand-new, state-of-the-art 3T MRI machine, something that will greatly increase the testing capacity of the hospital.

“MRI is an absolutely critical diagnostic technology in medicine today,” said Allison Young, CEO of the KGH Foundation. “The fact that KGH currently only has one machine – the oldest in B.C. – is no longer acceptable. As our community continues to grow, thousands of Central Okanagan patients wait too long for MRI which in turn, delays their care team’s ability to diagnose and treat what is ailing them.”

The acquisition of the new machine is expected to allow more than double the amount of yearly MRI scans that the hospital is currently capable of, from 7,000 to 15,000.

KGH’s current 1.5T MRI machine already operates 147 hours per week.

“3T is faster and produces clearer scans,” said radiologist Dr. Michael Partrick. “It allows for more precision in the diagnosis and treatment of a multitude of issues including brain tumours, strokes, aneurysms, multiple sclerosis, cancers and more.”

Donations on May 17, can be made via phone at 250-980-6123, a drive-thru donation station at Rose Avenue and Pandost Street, or with the Sprott Shaw College Change Bandits, who will be on the corner with their change buckets.

Up to $250,000 will be matched dollar-for-dollar until 11:59 p.m.

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Jake Courtepatte

About the Author: Jake Courtepatte

Editor of Kelowna Capital News & West K News since February 2022. I have spent the majority of my career working in the Toronto area as both a sports reporter and a general reporter.
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