2020 will be a busy year for officials at Alexandra Marine and General Hospital in Goderich, and it's all due to local generosity.
A fundraising drive for a new CT scanner, and upgrades to the hospital's community mental health and addictions facility overshot the $3.5 million goal by more than $1 million.
AMGH Foundation executive director Shannon Lahay says the $4.5 million was raised in a little less than nine months this year.
She explains that purchasing and installing the new CT scanner will take about a year to complete, mainly because of details like costing and Ministry of Health and Long Term Care approvals.
The unit it will replace was installed about 10 years ago, and was also purchased as the result of a community-wide fundraising drive.
Lahay says the hospital will work with engineers and architects in the initial phase of redevelopment for the community mental health and addictions unit.
She adds that the designers will advise AMGH officials on the most functional design, based on budgetary considerations.