The Rotary Club of Cochrane, in partnership with the Lindsay Leigh Kimmett Foundation of Cochrane, donated a diagnostic ultrasound imaging system and GlideScope Video Laryngoscope to Cochrane’s Urgent Care. Ultrasound imaging uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of structures within the body. The images can provide valuable information for diagnosing and treating a variety of diseases and conditions. The GlideScope is an instrument that facilitates the management of airways, usually in traumatized or severely-ill patients who are experiencing difficulty with breathing.
The ultrasound project commenced August 2013 with a meeting of representatives from Cochrane Rotary, Alberta Health Services and the Calgary Health Trust. Several months later Cochrane Rotary and the Kimmett Foundation agreed to partner on ultrasound fund-raising initiatives which included $98,000 raised from the 2014 Monumental Tournament of Aces.
The ultrasound project was initially intended to provide an ultrasound outpatient clinic whereby people living in the Cochrane area had access to ultrasound exams on an outpatient basis. As of October 4, 2014, Cochrane Rotary and the Kimmett Foundation had raised $140,000, sufficient funds to purchase an outpatient ultrasound system. Shortly thereafter the price of oil declined and a change of government in May of 2015 resulted in a redirection of funding to meet the needs of Cochrane’s Urgent Care.
Cochrane Rotary and the Kimmett Foundation remain committed to enhancing health-care capabilities within our community.
(Lt) Dr. Glenn Curtis-Medical Lead Urgent Care and (Rt) Linda Walters-Manager Urgent Care
Press Release and Photo provided by Paul Kennedy