Dr. Andy Edelson (front left) and Ken Selvaraja hold the cheque, with (from left to right) Jim Hinds president of Rotary Club of Mission, Judith Ray, chair of MATH and Lloyd Rash, Mission rotarian in the back.

Dr. Andy Edelson (front left) and Ken Selvaraja hold the cheque, with (from left to right) Jim Hinds president of Rotary Club of Mission, Judith Ray, chair of MATH and Lloyd Rash, Mission rotarian in the back.

Funds raised for CT scanner feasibility study at Mission Memorial Hospital

Mission rotarians and Lanka Jewels raise $39,000 of $70,000 needed through pendant raffle

With $70,000 raised, a feasibility study for a CT scanner at Mission Memorial Hospital will soon be underway.

Mission All Together for Healthcare (MATH) and the Fraser Valley Healthcare Foundation made the announcement in front of the hospital’s doors on Feb. 25.

“Hours can be spent trying to access a scan for patients and precious diagnostic time is lost which can be critical to life and death,” a press release from MATH says. “We need one urgently.”

The study will be completed in mid March, but there is still a long fundraising road ahead. Communities under Fraser Health have typically had to raise $1 million to get theirs.

Ken Selvaraja and his business Lanka Jewels held a raffle for a $6,000 pendant they donated and raised $39,000 for the study. The Christine Morrison Fund donated $10,000, and individual donations were made and the foundation raised the rest through the November 2020 Gala.

“Rural healthcare should be tremendously improved,” Selvaraja said, adding Mission is continuing to grow and more strain will be put on the hospital as the baby boomers age.

RELATED: $39,000 raised for the CT Scanner Project at Mission Memorial Hospital

CT scanners are a diagnostic medical tool critical for emergency care, inpatient hospital care and outpatient diagnosis. Mission Memorial Hospital is the only hospital west of Hope without one on site

The organizations are asking the community to start making donations, whether large or small, to www.mathorg.ca. Fraser Valley Healthcare Foundation will provide receipts.

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