Hospital board orders changes to capital list to buy new
If it appears of late to be taking longer for x-ray service at
Stevenson Memorial Hospital (SMH) that's because one of the machines
has broken down and needs to be replaced.
"The equipment is 32 years of age and has well surpassed the
recommendation of the 10-14 years of use by Canadian Association of
Radiologist and other associations," according to last month's minutes
of the Board of Directors meeting. "The option of running the Hospital
with one machine will result in increased patient wait times, for both
inpatients and outpatients, due to the volumes of procedures
As a result, the board directed that the 2013-14 capital list be
re-adjusted so that the $400,000 allocated to other equipment can be
utilized to purchase a new x-ray unit at an estimated cost of $550,000,
leaving a $150,000 shortfall that needs funding.
"The Board agreed that it is not receptive to borrowing the difference
in money to fund this equipment," according to the minutes. "That
the Board of Directors authorize the Board Chair and Chief Executive
Officer to send a letter to the Stevenson Memorial Hosptial Foundation
with respect to the Hospital re-prioritizing the 2013/14 capital
equipment list in order to delegate funds to towards the purchase of
the new X-Ray machine for the Hospital."