By Angela Long
Published July 19 2016
Haliburton Highlands Health Services cardiac sonographer Stacie Bilton hooks up Radiothon chairman Brian Daoust to the hospital's new echocardiogram.
Haliburton Highlands Health Services Foundation executive director Dale Walker left HHHS president and CEO Carolyn Plummer and HHHSF co-chair Don Popple are happy to observe Daoust has a good heart just like the rest of the community.
Last fall's ninth annual Radiothon raised the $33000 necessary for the new equipment which uses sound waves to produce images of the heart and detect any abnormalities. The commonly used test once required a drive to Lindsay.
Now says Plummer we can “keep it in the community.” Daoust says the success of the Canoe FM/Moose FM Radiothon relies on raising money for something “people can identify with.”
The aging population of Haliburton County can certainly identify with life-saving tests such as this one. On July 20 the echocardiogram will officially go live. According to diagnostic imaging manager Gail Kennedy two appointments have already been booked.
Walker hopes this fall's Radiothon sponsored by Minden Subaru will attract more good-hearted citizens with projects such as the palliative care expansion and bone densitometry equipment on the HHHSF wish list.