Community donors kickstart nuclear medicine camera replacement project at Quinte Health

Nuclear medicine cameras help to diagnose cancer and other serious diseases. – Photo via Quinte Health

The Nuclear Medicine Camera replacement project is underway at Quinte Health thanks to the support of community donors.

A media release from the organization explains that three cameras will be replaced over the next 14 months to ensure modern, state-of-the-art nuclear medicine services at Belleville General Hospital (BGH). These services play a vital role in diagnosing cancer and other serious diseases in the region.

Representatives from the Parrott Foundation and donors of the BGH Foundation (BGHF) gathered with Quinte Health and BGHF leaders to mark the beginning of this important project and to hear directly from the nuclear medicine team about the anticipated impact of the new cameras on patient care.

Quinte Health President and CEO Stacey Daub said that modernizing the nuclear medicine equipment will ensure staff and physicians have the most up-to-date tools they need to extend the best possible care for patients.

“Our heartfelt thanks go out to the Parrott Foundation for their outstanding contribution to this project – the Parrott Foundation has been steadfast in its support to ensure we have a strong local health care system,” Daub stated.  “We are equally honoured to celebrate the remarkable contributions of Hastings County and the many individual donors, stewarded by our colleagues at the Belleville General Hospital Foundation.”

Daub also extended thanks to Kristin Crowe, who has been open about sharing her cancer journey, including the importance of the nuclear medicine cameras as a critical tool for diagnosis and supporting precision surgery and targeted treatment.  She noted the tremendous importance of having the service locally, as otherwise, it would have meant arranging for travel to Kingston or other centres for this service.  

Executive Director of BGH, Steve Cook, noted that when fundraising began in 2019, they knew it would be a big undertaking.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the more than 1,500 donors who stepped up and contributed towards the $3.9 million goal to bring this project to life,” Cook said.  “Your belief in our mission to keep exceptional care close to home has allowed us to achieve a significant milestone in our journey towards advancing healthcare excellence for our region. Thank you.”

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