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Mammography Campaign

Owen Sound | by Daryl Morris  

Hospital Foundation hopes to raise 1.5 million dollars for mammohraphy machines.

It's a big goal, but the Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation is getting lots of help for this year's annual Spring Campaign.

Executive Director Paul Weitendorf says they are hoping to raise $1.5 million to purchase two new digital mammography machines for the Owen Sound hospital.

Hospital foundations in Southampton, Markdale, Wiarton, Lion's Head and Meaford are helping with this year's fundraiser.

Weitendorf says letters will be going out in the mail over the next couple of weeks.

Anne Robertson, the Corporate Manager of Diagnostic Imaging at the Grey-Bruce Health Services, says the current mammography machines are 14 and 17 years old so it's time to replace them.

She says they've been waiting for new technology to be at its peak, as the old machines still use film.

Karen McGuire, a technician with the Breast Assessment Program, says the new digital equipment will allow them to view the images instantaneously and make a faster diagnosis.

She says this will help them cut down on wait times, and allow them to see almost twice as many clients in one day.

The current wait time for new intakes at the Owen Sound Hospital into the Ontario Breast Assessment program is six months.

About nine thousand women are screened at the hospital each year.

McGuire says early detection is key to surviving breast cancer and that's why this campaign is so important.

You can make a donation either by responding to the letters, calling or visiting the Hospital Foundation's office, or going online to

They hope to have the first machine in place in six weeks.


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