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New CT Scanner Suite Opens at Lakeridge Health Oshawa

The Harry and Elizabeth Mellow CT Scanner Suite is officially open at Lakeridge Health Oshawa. A local Reverend, Mr. Mellow passed away in 1989. Mrs. Mellow followed last January at the age of 99. The couple lived a modest life and left their entire estate of $1.5 million to the hospital.

“This fresh new space offers the best technology available to our families in Durham Region,” says Lakeridge Health CEO and President Kevin Empey. “It also stands to honor a caring couple whose final wish was to help others.”
CT Scanners are an important diagnostic tool used to check for conditions ranging from strokes and kidney stones to cancer and broken bones. The new CT Scanner is a low-dose, high definition model that provides clearer images with significantly less radiation. The new Suite also includes a new control room, waiting area, change rooms and an image processing lab.

“We’ve already brought our wait time down for CT scans by 80% and this new machine will help us do even better,” Empey says.

The $2.3 million project was completed with funds raised by The Oshawa Hospital Foundation. Originally a winter deadline was set for reaching their fundraising goal but incredible community support allowed the Foundation to meet its goal faster.

“We are so grateful to our wonderful supporters and generous donors. They have risen to the challenge and helped bring this cutting-edge technology to families across Durham Region. Their support is tremendous,” said Robert Baker, CEO of The Oshawa Hospital Foundation.

Quick Facts:
•    This is the third CT scanner at Lakeridge Health. There is one existing machine in Oshawa, and one at our Bowmanville site.

•    Approximately 27,000 people receive a CT scan at Lakeridge Health every year.

•    The new machine is a CT 750 HD, manufactured by GE Healthcare.

•    First scans will take place beginning this week at the new Harry and Elizabeth
Mellow CT Scanner Suite.