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Port Supports New Diagnostic Ultrasound Machine at the Prince Rupert Regional Hospital

THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2018 | VIEW AS PDF

PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA — The Prince Rupert Regional Hospital is gaining insight to the health of its patients as the latest beneficiary of the Port of Prince Rupert’s Community Investment Fund.

The Medical Imaging Department of the hospital identified the need for a new diagnostic ultrasound machine, an important tool used to see internal body structures and monitor organ function in patients. This equipment helps local physicians to assess and diagnose a variety of conditions and helps provide residents of Prince Rupert and surrounding coastal communities with timely and efficient health care.

“The opportunity to replace aging ultrasound technology with new equipment contributes significantly to our ability to provide high-quality health services in our area,” said Heidi Johns, Health Services Administrator for Northern Health. “This investment ensures that the 4,000 ultrasound patients we see every year can continue to receive services locally, and we’re grateful for the continued financial support of the Port of Prince Rupert.”

With a $72,500 contribution from the Port’s Community Investment Fund, and $25,000 from DP World Prince Rupert, Northern Health was able to match the funding required to purchase the new Phillips Epiq Diagnostic Ultrasound Machine in early 2018. The new machine improves the quality and variety of medical imaging services offered at the Prince Rupert Regional Hospital, and enhances the experience for sonography students in the practical training portion of their education.

 “The Port of Prince Rupert is proud to partner once again with Northern Health to invest in the tools our doctors, nurses and support staff need to deliver local health services,” said Joe Rektor, Interim President & CEO of the Port of Prince Rupert. “The Prince Rupert Regional Hospital is one of the most important public assets we have on British Columbia’s north coast, and we’re happy to see our Community Investment Fund further improve the quality of life for residents in our region.”

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ABOUT THE PORT'S COMMUNITY INVESTMENT FUND

The Community Investment Fund is financed by a share of the Port’s annual net income that has been dedicated to improving the quality of life for residents of the North Coast. By investing these funds into community projects, led mostly by dedicated local volunteers, the Port has been able to share its financial success with the communities that enable it. Since 2010, close to eight million dollars have been committed, helping to make 60 new local projects come to life. Each of these projects has filled an important role in supporting sports, recreation, performing arts, health, education, the environment and other needs in the community.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Kris Schumacher
Communications Coordinator
Port of Prince Rupert
Direct: 250 627-2533
Email: kschumacher@rupertport.com

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