The Foundation of Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) today announced it has reached – and surpassed – its fundraising goal. With the four year-plus $6.9 Million Diagnostic Imaging Equipment Renewal Campaign now complete, a total of $7,062,761 has been raised to fund the purchase of much-needed medical equipment for Chatham-Kent.

“We did it! Thanks to the generous support of our community, we truly accomplished something wonderful for Chatham-Kent,” said Mary Lou Crowley, Executive Director, Foundation of CKHA. “Our momentum over the last few weeks has been absolutely tremendous. Between the wonderful anonymous donor who came through last week with $200,000, to the Final Push bicycle ride which raised an amazing $100,626 on its own, the energy and enthusiasm this community has displayed is more than we could ever hope for.”

The Foundation of CKHA Future in Focus fundraising campaign was started in 2014 to finance the purchase of 17 new pieces of diagnostic imaging equipment for CKHA. Since then, fifteen pieces have been purchased and installed. One of the remaining pieces is new computed tomography (CT) Scan machine, an important tool that can be used to help diagnose countless ailments and issues, including cancer, heart disease and blood clots.

“State-of-the-art diagnostic imaging equipment enables CKHA’s health care professionals to diagnose patients here locally. Care closer to home provided at our two sites is a good thing,” said Lori Marshall, President and CEO, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance. “The people of Chatham-Kent deserve this equipment, and I am so proud at how they came together to raise the funds to bring it to their community.”

Governments do not fund new capital equipment expenditures for hospitals, so it is the mandate of hospital foundations to raise money from organizations, individuals and businesses to purchase these necessary items.

“Throughout the campaign, our leaders, including our committed campaign co-chairs Dave Depencier, Greg Hetherington and Andy Fantuz, along with their dedicated volunteer committee and the Foundation Board and staff, believed that they could reach their lofty goal,” said Gaye Thompson, Chair, Board of Directors, Foundation of Chatham-Kent Health Alliance. “Whatever the size of any single donation may have been, they all added up in the end, and we couldn’t have exceeded our mark without the help of every one of them.”