5 Car Draw and a new CT Scanner for Sault Ste. Marie

Front Row: Winners of the 5 Vehicles – Chris Lefave, Madge Clark, Emma Gallo, and Mark Whalen. Absent: Fay Loyer. Back Row: Cheryl Pavoni, Executive Director, Sault Area Hospital Foundation, Joe Orazietti, Volunteer Chair, 5 Car Draw, and Logan Costa, Development & Communications Officer, Sault Area Hospital Foundation.

In Spring of 2015, the Sault Area Hospital (SAH) made it known that one of the two CT Scanners in use in the Diagnostic Imaging Department needed to be replaced. Since then, the proceeds of the 2016 and 2017 5 Car Draws, a $200,000 pledge from the SAH Volunteer Association (pledge will be completely fulfilled this year) and countless donations from our community have helped make the purchase of this new piece of equipment, a reality. A new CT Scanner will be available to service our local patients. It is scheduled for installation later this year.

We at the Sault Area Hospital Foundation must thank this community for their generosity. To think, every 5 Car Draw ticket purchased, every item sold at the SAH Gift Shop (operated by the Volunteer Association), every sponsorship, every community run event, and every donation from individuals, service clubs and local businesses ensures our Hospital has the equipment needed to keep patients local and elevates our healthcare. A large majority of the funds that have come in over the past two years have been dedicated to this new CT Scanner for our community, while the rest has ensured that other areas didn’t go without the funds needed to purchase vital medical equipment across our hospital.

With over 20,000 CT scans performed annually at our hospital, the CT Scanner is an incredibly crucial tool used to diagnose and track progress in patients battling Cancer, living with Renal concerns, dealing with trauma injuries and more. The CT Scanner being replaced is now over 10 years old.

This year’s 5 Car Draw was a major success. The final count on ticket sales reached 14,685 with over $150,000 in NET profits. These funds will be specifically dedicated to the new CT Scanner. We need to thank our community for their support, even during the tough economic times we have faced. We as a community have always been able to persevere and make our healthcare a priority.