Campbell River Hospital Foundation

Organization Mission Statement

The Campbell River Hospital Foundation is a registered charity dedicated to raising funds to support the Campbell River Hospital Foundation and Yucalta Lodge through equipment purchase, staff education and special projects that help enhance the service and treatment of patients and residents.

The organization serves the following population

North Island Hospital Campbell River Campus serves a population of approximately 54,000, including Campbell River, the North Island and Discovery Islands.

The funds donated will be used to

The Hospital Foundation is fundraising for our Medical Imaging Department. We are purchasing a Stereotactic Mammography Machine and Faxitron System, worth $187,875. 

Approximately 780 women from North Vancouver Island and Campbell River have to travel out of our own community more than once to receive the testing and diagnosis of breast cancer. Campbell River’s hospital screened 8,206 women with the mammography machine in 2020 alone. 

Travelling during a health crisis can present both physical, financial and logistical challenges to an already stressful situation. With approximately 15 women a week travelling outside of our community for this testing, it is proven that the need exists, the technology does not. 

“We as humans have the ability to do this job, sometimes we just need help from some technology to do it.” Dr. Astrope, Physician, CRH/CVH Radiology 

With the ability to increase the amount and type of testing these two machines can provide, we can offer exponentially better services and screenings to our community. The patients will be familiar with the staff, physician and their local hospital while receiving Quality Healthcare, Close to Home. 

This machine works in conjunction with the mammography to pinpoint the exact location of a breast mass by using a computer and digital x-rays taken from two different angles. Using these coordinates, the radiologist inserts the needle, advances it to the lesion and removes the tissue sample. Achieving a lesion target accuracy of +/- 1 mm. 

The Faxitron is designed to provide immediate verification of excised breast tissue margins after stereotactic breast biopsy. Instantly receive confirmation of a successful excise procedure. This means no transporting the specimen to another room for imaging. No waiting for margin confirmation. No scheduling delays, Instead there are quality images that are needed to make informed clinical decisions on the spot.

The organizations current sources of funding are

Campbell River Altrusa and Grieg Seafood.


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This nomination has been reviewed by the 100 Women Who Care committee and meets all criteria.