For immediate release: January 16, 2023
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Haliburton Highlands Health Services
HHHS Explores Feasibility of Bringing a CT Scan Machine to Haliburton County
Haliburton Highlands Health Services (HHHS) has begun to explore whether a CT scan machine can be brought to Haliburton County to help improve patient outcomes and deliver important healthcare services closer to home.
“HHHS had planned to include the addition of a CT scan machine as part of our Master Planning process,” said Carolyn Plummer, President & CEO of HHHS. “We know it would make such a positive impact in the community and that this is something the community has wanted for some time.”
As part of this exploration, HHHS has taken steps to conduct a feasibility study. The study will help determine if it is possible to proceed now, rather than wait for the Master Planning process to be completed. If the study demonstrates that a CT scan machine is feasible for HHHS, a full application to the Ministry of Health will be required.
“While we hope to be successful in this effort, we know we have a long way to go,” said Plummer. “We do see so many benefits of having a CT scan machine for everyone in Haliburton County. It would support our patients with quicker diagnostics, help to better meet the needs of our community in terms of screening and prevention, help attract new healthcare workers to the area, and reduce the number of EMS hours currently spent transferring patients out of the County for services.”
If an application is made to the Ministry of Health, it will require strong community support. HHHS will share more details with the community as the process starts to unfold.