From receiving more accurate medical treatments to undergoing less-invasive procedures, patients are at the heart of an upcoming fundraiser for Trenton Memorial Hospital (TMH).
The Trenton site of Quinte Health Care is striving to raise upwards of $250,000 towards the purchase of a new C-Arm machine for use during orthopedic and urology procedures in the hospital’s operating room. The equipment provides real-time imaging so TMH surgeons can more accurately see the placement of their tools, plates, and more.
However, precision carries a higher price tag — the C-Arm is very expensive, and it’s not funded by the provincial government.
As technology becomes more advanced, the price of health-care equipment also escalates, with Ontario hospitals being required to reach out to local governments and community members for help more than ever before.
“The province funds the operating costs of the hospital – staffing, lights, hydro, tangibles, but not the capital medical equipment needs,” explained Trenton Memorial Hospital Foundation (TMHF) Executive Director Wendy Warner, in consultation with Lindsay Butcher Dodds, director of development for the TMHF.
Items including hospital beds, stretchers, surgical equipment, and diagnostic imaging tools — such as a CT scanner, X-ray and ultrasound equipment — are not covered by provincial government funding – contrary to a common public perception.
“Everyone pays taxes, and our taxes provide a large percentage of the health care needs of our hospitals,” Warner said. “It’s natural to assume the government covers all the costs of the hospital — but that just isn’t the case. The medical equipment needs fall outside of what they traditionally will cover.”
The need to fundraise for the big-ticket items has become greater with the technological advancements of recent years.
“Fundraising needs have grown over the past decade because technology has advanced significantly. For example, a gall bladder surgery years ago was done quite invasively and took double the time to complete. Now, it’s a lot less time, we can do more in a day, therefore we need more equipment,” Warner said. The new equipment that is less invasive is more fragile and more costly to produce.
The public can help by taking part in the TMHF’s Boots and Bling fundraising gala.
Tickets are on sale now for the gala, which is on Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Heroes Landing Banquet Hall and Conference Centre in Quinte West. The gala features contests and a live auction.
“We hope to raise over $250,000 towards the purchase of a new C-Arm,” Warner said.
C-Arm machines offer numerous benefits to patients. By providing real-time X-ray images of a patient’s body, C-Arm machines help doctors precisely place instruments, correct issues, or clear blockages during procedures. This precision minimizes the chance of errors, ultimately leading to safer and more successful medical interventions, the TMHF noted.
Moreover, C-Arm machines often enable minimally invasive procedures. These procedures involve small incisions, resulting in less pain and a quicker recovery compared to traditional open surgeries. Patients who undergo these procedures can expect to spend less time in the hospital and return to their regular activities more swiftly, the TMHF noted.
Furthermore, these machines are designed to minimize radiation exposure, ensuring the safety of patients, the foundation noted. While X-rays are used to create images, the doses are carefully controlled to keep radiation exposure to a minimum.
In addition to aiding in surgeries, C-Arm machines can also be used for diagnosing conditions and monitoring a patient’s progress. Doctors utilize the images to identify issues, track how treatments are working, and make necessary adjustments to care plans.
“Overall, C-Arm machines play a crucial role in improving patient outcomes and making medical procedures more efficient and less painful,” Warner said.
Tickets for the Boots and Bling gala cost $225 per person. Attendees will receive a $100 tax receipt.
Contact the TMHF office by calling 613-392-2540, ext. 5401 or by emailing email@example.com for tickets.