CT Scanner in Smithers Officially Opened

John Crawford
07/15/2019

A special ceremony was held in Smithers Friday, to celebrate the opening of CT Scanner service at Bulkley Valley District Hospital.

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[PHOTO:  Taylor Bachrach (mayor), Mabel Forsythe (Witsuwit’en Elder), Cormac Hikisch, Jeanette Malkow, Joy Groves, Irene Howard, Laurel Menzel, Andrea Bradford -- Courtesy Northern Health]

Northern Health's  Cormac Hikisch, the Health Service Administrator for the region, says the arrival of the scanner is the culmination of years of local efforts.

"It's been a multi-multi-year journey with many many people, both within the community from the foundation and all of the donors, which put together raffles and barbecues and celebrity golf and private donations -- obviously the big one, the $1.6-million, but there was hundreds of people raising funds for CT here," he explained.

That $1.6-million donation came from Fritz Pfeiffer of Telkwa. 

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In addition, Northern Health put together a business plan to show the need for the service.

The CT Scanner has actually been in use for most of the week, and Hikisch says already, about 50 scans have been done.

He says the service was badly needed in Smithers.

"We expect up to four thousand patients per year that would be going elsewhere for a CT scan to come here, to the Bulkley Valley, so people from Hazelton to Burns Lake will have less distance to travel for a booked out-patient CT," he said.

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