Hi! I’m Flash.The new camera the Woodstock Hospital wants to buy for their Nuclear Medicine Machine.

You’re probably thinking “Whoa! A letter-writing camera? That’s a first.” But that’s alright. It’s actually my first time writing a letter, so I hope I do a good job.  

The fact of the matter is that I need to write to you. I need to write to you on behalf of the 1,300 people who I can help with my special photo taking skills. It is my dream to help these patients. And you can help them too!

The Nuclear Medicine Machine at Woodstock Hospital is used to take pictures of tissues, bones and organs. Patients are administered low doses of radioactive materials that are attracted to specific areas of the body. These materials emit gamma rays that can be detected by me, the camera, and turned into images that give radiologists information about the body, especially about the function of an organ. Because the exams are highly sensitive, I can detect diseases in their earliest stages.

With my special photo taking abilities, I am able to detect a large number of diseases.  One day I may be detecting the blockage of a major blood vessel in the lung or a stress fracture not detected by an X-Ray. Another day I could be photographing to see if cancer cells have spread to new areas of a body. Or I could even be assessing kidney function or the function of heart tissues.

While this may sound like a fun job, these are some of the most serious illnesses a person can be diagnosed with. It is vital that Woodstock Hospital has the latest in technology available to detect these diseases as early as possible. That’s where I come in. The current camera at Woodstock Hospital is getting close to the end of its lifecycle, and needs to be replaced. 

Every morning when I wake up, I hope to hear I will be heading to Woodstock Hospital to fulfill my dream of helping patients. There’s only one problem. The Woodstock Hospital needs your help to bring me there.

I cost $750,000, which is a lot of money.  I hope I can count on your generous support to get me to my new home so that I am there when your friend, family member or even you need me. Together, we can improve countless lives by providing the latest in healthcare technology at Woodstock Hospital.

Say Cheese, 

P.S. I hope this holiday season I will show up at the Woodstock Hospital with a big shiny bow on me. Please give generously to support my dream and the patients of Woodstock Hospital.

Maintaining a State-of-the-Art Facility

Technology has transformed the health care industry. It allows patients to receive quicker diagnoses, experience fewer complications and recover in less time. However, as with any piece of technology, medical equipment has a lifespan, and it wears out or is eclipsed with something newer and more advanced.

Woodstock Hospital is committed to providing state-of-the-art care to all patients. In order to do so we must continually invest in technology to ensure we are able to meet the current needs of our community, while also preparing for new ones.

Oxford County has one of the largest senior populations in the province and as we live longer, we face more complex healthcare issues. According to Statistics Canada, 25% of Canadian seniors aged 65 to 79 years and 37% of those aged 80 years and over have four or more of a wide-ranging list of chronic conditions. Having the latest in health care technology will help ensure those living with chronic illnesses can receive the care they need quickly and most importantly, close to home.

Since the provincial government does not fund the purchase of equipment, it is the responsibility of the Foundation to ensure the hospital is able to provide patients and their families with high quality healthcare.