Big donations help LGH get two new gamma cameras
It was a party down in the Nuclear Medicine Department of Lions Gate Hospital on Wednesday afternoon as two new SPECT/CT gamma cameras were added to the department’s arsenal.
The purchase of the cameras marked the completion of the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation’s Nuclear Medicine Matching Campaign thanks to the generosity of many donors, in particular Dr. Philip Cohen, who donated $750,000 of the necessary $1.5 million to purchase the equipment.
The department has now been renamed the Dr. Philip Cohen Nuclear Medicine Centre in his honour.
“We are deeply appreciative of Dr. Cohen’s extraordinary contribution and his personal commitment to the future of health care at LGH,” says Foundation president Judy Savage. “We are extremely pleased to name the Nuclear Medicine Department in his honour.”
The new gamma cameras will give doctors at LGH access to 3D images of unprecedented detail and precision, allowing for faster, more accurate diagnoses of everything from heart disease and diabetic complications to cancer, bone injuries and osteoporosis. The faster cameras will also allow the department to serve an additional 600 patients each year, bringing the annual total to almost 10,000 scans.
Dr. Philip Cohen, clinical director of Nuclear Medicine, generously matched every donation to the campaign dollar for dollar, effectively doubling the donations of the more than 1,700 businesses and individuals who supported the cause. Thank you.