Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) recently unveiled a million-dollar fundraising campaign to purchase a new CT Scanner that will enhance patient care through state-of-the-art technology.
CT Scanners rely upon computed tomography to provide detailed images of internal organs. They provide rapid, five to 20-minute exams that are painless and combine the power of an x-ray with computer technology to produce 360-degree, cross sectional views of the human body.
“A new CT scanner will aid our medical staff in accelerating clinical decisions, while further improving patient quality of care,” said Stanley Lambert, MD, GRMC’s Medical Director of Radiology. “Using the latest technology in simultaneous imaging of blood, bone and soft tissue will advance our capabilities in diagnosing trauma and pain, as well as early detections of cancer and stroke.”
While GRMC’s current scanner is adequate, the time it takes to produce a scan is much longer than that found in newer models. Upgrading to the latest technology would enable GRMC’s radiology team to provide medical staff with the images they need quickly and efficiently.
“This will enable us to continue to expand clinical capabilities for cardiology and vascular disease, improve emergency medicine through process optimization and advance oncology with greater access to precise imaging,” Dr. Lambert added.
GRMC’s Foundation launched a quiet phase campaign in June and to date have received pledges putting them within 65 percent of their campaign goal. The approximate cost of a new CT Scanner is $1 million.
The CT Scanner fundraising campaign is led by the GRMC Foundation Board Members, who include Gina Artice, Shirley Bailey, Steve Bortz, Mark Boucot, Sue Campbell, J. Davisson, Linda Fike, J. Gallagher, William Grant, Sandy Hill, Wayne Johnson, Tracy Lipscomb, Dana McCauley, Elaine McDonald, Karen Myers, Keith Sanders, Jeanine Sisler and Steve Stuck. Ms. Sandy Hill serves as chair of the current campaign.
Direct donations for the CT Campaign can be made online by visiting www.grmc-wvumedicine.org. In recognition of the holidays, patrons also have the option to donate to the Tree of Lights in memory of a loved one with proceeds going to the CT Scanner campaign. To learn more about the Foundation and individualized donation plans, please contact Steve Bortz of the GRMC Foundation at 301-533-4304 or e-mail SBortz@gcmh.com.