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AMGH Foundation Asks Huron County For $750k

Huron County | by Peter Jackson  

Alexandra Marine & General Hospital Foundation looking to purchase CT scanner, upgrade mental health dept.

Huron County Council is waiting for a staff report, arising from a request by the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Foundation in Goderich.

The Foundation is asking for a $750 thousand commitment from the County to go toward refurbishing the mental health department, and purchase of a new CT scanner.

The request follows an appeal to Goderich Council to commit $1 million toward the work, which has been referred to budget deliberations in March.

In both cases, the amounts would be paid out over a 10-year period.

AMGH Foundation Executive Director Shannon LaHay tells Country 104.9 News that a $3.5 million fundraising campaign for the work will run through the end of this year.

LaHay says the Foundation is seeking less than in a similar campaign a decade ago, where $5 million was needed for the current CT scanner and an addition to the hospital to house it.

She notes that changes in mental health treatment in the past 40 years, have led to the need to renovate the third floor mental health department at AMGH.

The MH department was established in the late 1970s, and is the only such facility in Huron County.

LaHay says a new CT scanner is needed because of improved diagnostic technology, and because the current unit is reaching the end of its service life after eight years.

She adds that the current unit installed in 2011 costs $130 thousand a year to maintain.

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