CHATHAM, ON (Thursday June 23, 2016):  The Janet and John Cook Bone Densitometer Suite, located at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance’s (CKHA) Chatham Campus, officially opened its doors with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony which took place with Mr. John Cook, along with his close friends and key stakeholders from the Foundation of CKHA and CKHA.

Bone densitometry is a test similar to an x-ray that quickly and accurately measures the density of bone.  It is used primarily to detect osteopenia or osteoporosis, diseases in which the bone’s mineral and density are low and risk of fractures is high.

This machine is an important piece of equipment that helps save lives and we are fortunate to have it at CKHA.  It replaces an older machine that has not been working for several months. Because the new machine is up and running, CKHA radiologists and technicians are able to see patients, up to fifteen a day, and work through a two month waiting list.  Patients are grateful to not have to travel to have these tests done.

“I am delighted I could support the Foundation of CKHA with such an important piece of equipment.  Janet would be so proud that we were able to support the Foundation of CKHA and our community,” said John Cook.

Dr. Patricia Tomney shared, “We are excited as a Radiology Department to receive this state-of-the-art Bone Mineral Densitometer Machine.  It will be a great asset to our entire community.”

“Janet was a long-time volunteer with our Foundation. She was an integral part of our organization and to give a gift like this with her husband, John, really speaks to their generosity for our community.  We are fortunate to have them support our campaign and while we will always miss Janet, it is heartwarming to see her legacy live on,” said Michele Grzebien-Huckson, Executive Director, Foundation of CKHA.

CKHA and the Foundation of CKHA are most grateful for the donation from Janet and John Cook. This generous gift will help save thousands of lives in our community.

CKHA Diagnostic Imaging Equipment Renewal Campaign Update
The CKHA Diagnostic Imaging Equipment Renewal Campaign is making significant progress, with more than $3.8 million raised to date towards the campaign’s $6.9 million fundraising goal.  Funds for this important campaign will support CKHA in the purchase of new equipment for CKHA’s Diagnostic Imaging Department.

Many thanks to the very generous individuals and organizations who have supported this important campaign to date.  To make a donation to the CKHA Diagnostic Imaging Equipment Renewal Campaign, please visit www.foundationckha.com or call 519.436.2538.

About the Foundation of Chatham-Kent Health Alliance
The Foundation of Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) exists to enhance the quality of healthcare available to the citizens of Chatham-Kent by raising funds and providing other resources to support CKHA. It accomplishes this through annual campaigns, capital campaigns, major gifts, memorial giving, special events and planned giving.  To date, the Foundation of CKHA has raised over $40 million.

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For more information, please contact:
Michele Grzebien-Huckson, Executive Director
Foundation of Chatham-Kent Health Alliance
mgrzebien-huckson@ckha.on.ca / 519-436-2538

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The Janet and John Cook Bone Densitometer Suite, located at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance’s (CKHA) Chatham Campus, officially opened its doors with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony which took place with Mr. John Cook, along with his close friends and key stakeholders from the Foundation of CKHA and CKHA.

Pictured:  First Row – John Cook; Back Row – Barb Noorenberghe, Development Officer, Foundation of CKHA; Dr. Cassie Harnarine, Chair, Kevin Shaw, Member, Jann Parry Wickett, 1st Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Foundation of CKHA; Dr. Patricia Tomney, Radiologist, CKHA; Michele Grzebien Huckson, Executive Director, Foundation of CKHA