After a brief hiatus from campaign fundraising, the Foundation of Chatham-Kent Health Alliance announced today the relaunch of its final push for the $6.9 million Diagnostic Imaging Equipment Renewal Campaign, including the appointment of Andy Fantuz as Honourary Campaign Chair, and Dave Depencier and Greg Hetherington as Campaign Co-Chairs. Local community representatives were also announced.

“We are excited to welcome Andy, Dave and Greg to our fundraising efforts,” says Candice Jeffrey, Director of Development, Foundation of CKHA. “Each of the chairs has a personal connection to the equipment we are fundraising for, and we are confident that their passion for our community will help us reach our fundraising goals.”

Launched in 2014, more than $4.5 million has been raised to date in support of equipment for the Chatham and Sydenham Campuses. It was announced today that additional equipment has been added to the Campaign, including additional ultrasounds and a new Mammography machine. In total, the Campaign is raising funds in support of 18 total pieces of equipment, including 13 Ultrasounds, a Fluoroscopy machine and a new CT Scan.

“The major star of this campaign is the CT Scan,” says Candice Jeffrey. “Our current CT Scan is at its end of life. A new machine will mean faster, better and more accurate diagnoses for the community. A new CT Scan will save lives.”

These pieces of equipment serve almost every program offered at CKHA, and are key for diagnoses including heart, stroke, cancer, orthopaedics, rehabilitation, obstetrics and more. Even though this equipment is considered essential for care at CKHA, as with all capital equipment needs at the hospital, the purchase of this equipment is not supported through government funding.

“If you have had a CT Scan at CKHA in the past, you know first-hand the benefit of having this service close to home,” says Darren Lopes, Board of Directors, Foundation of CKHA. “Our current CT Scan is unreliable. Sometimes patients are having to travel for tests. With the equipment set to be installed by the end of winter, we are in a crunch to bring a new CT Scan to Chatham-Kent.”

The $6.9 million Diagnostic Imaging Equipment Renewal Campaign kicked off with a $1 million gift from Mr. Wiet Peeters in 2014. A new Bone Densitometer was installed in early 2016.

About the Campaign Chairs

Andy Fantuz
Born and raised in Chatham, Andy Fantuz grew up playing football for John McGregor High School and continued his football career with the University of Western Ontario. His 11 year professional CFL career included six seasons with Saskatchewan Roughriders and five seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats as a wide receiver. He was also signed to the NFL’s Chicago
Bears for one season. In 2010, “Fantuz Flakes” cereal was released across Canada in celebration of “100 years of the Roughriders” and Andy’s phenomenal career. Andy is currently the Player Developmental Coordinator for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Dave Depencier
A resident of Dresden, Dave Depencier is the owner of Depencier Builders, a local home builder specializing in custom homes, log homes and renovations. As a member of the Chatham-Kent Home Builders, Dave has been a long time supporter of the Foundation of CKHA’s efforts, including a critical role in the 2008, 2 day home build benefiting the Foundation’s MRI Campaign. In 2015, Dave was selected as the host of Cottage Life Network’s Reno My Reno, a realty show specializing in Dave and his team completing renovations projects started by cottage owners across Ontario. In the summer of 2017, Netflix picked up the show and started airing it across North America.

Greg Hetherington
Wallaceburg’s own Greg Hetherington has been gracing the airwaves of Chatham-Kent for over 20 years as a morning personality, most recently from 99.1 FM CKXS in Wallaceburg where Greg is the General Manager, Morning Show host, and community advocate. Greg has been involved with the Foundation since its inception, assisting with promoting events and fundraising, and helping to organize fundraisers to benefit the Foundation. A recent medical scare involving CKHA’s CT Scan resulted in Greg’s undeniable passion in assisting the Foundation to reach its fundraising goals.

Community Representatives
Local representatives from the Community have also joined the fundraising Campaign Cabinet to serve as ambassadors for the Foundation in their respected communities. These representatives will be assisting Foundation staff with meeting with business and individuals interested in supporting the fundraising campaign.

To date, the following representatives are confirmed:
Chatham: Darren Lopes, Terri Kewley, Dr. Cassie Harnarine, Gaye Thompson, Bruce Rogers, Clare Curtis & Rene Sauve
Wallaceburg/Dresden: Nick Cadotte, Kelly Hetherington, Kim Depencier
Thamesville: Mike Wright
Blenheim/Ridgetown: TBD
Tilbury: TBD