Golfers swung into action on July 5, scratching up more than $20,000 in contributions for the Health Services Foundation of the South Shore during its 19th annual Hit It For Health tournament held at the Osprey Ridge Golf Club.
The money will help cover the approximately $25,000 cost of a new mammography reporting work station for the South Shore Regional Hospital (SSRH).
"This gives us more capability," Dr. Chen Meng, a radiologist at the hospital told the golfers at a dinner ceremony following the tournament at the club just outside of Bridgewater
"Technically, it provides us with more advantage in finding [breast] tumors, for sure," Dr.Meng said later to LighthouseNOW.
Dr. Meng explained that the new Agfa work station has a 33-inch, 12 megapixel (MP) colour Barco fusion monitor. Whereas the two old monitors the hospital had been using for about the past eight years are black and white and have approximately half the resolution.
"They had a lot of problems, and [the work station] breaks down every other month. Nothing major, but we had a lot of issues that slowed us down." Meng said.
"And it just happened this is the year our old work station actually died two weeks before we were supposed to install this new station. We were really fortunate we were able to get this work station right away and not really miss much work time. And not keep too many women waiting for the results."
The new mammography work station will also give technicians easier access to the new provincial central database. For example, if a woman has a mammogram in Yarmouth, the resulting image can be quickly accessed from Bridgewater, according to Meng.
The foundation's president, Phil Bradfield, helped roll out a ceremonial check at the tournament dinner, which indicated the amount collected to be $19,811. However, David Himmelman of LaHave Investments, owner of the South Shore Medical Arts Building in Bridgewater, offered a last minute contribution of $500 to bring the tournament's tally to over the $20,000 mark.
Bradford told the golfers the foundation was considering making this its last Hit It For Health tournament. However, the golfers started chanting, "One more year," and in the end they agreed to go one more round to make the fundraising campaign end at 20 tournaments. There was a suggestion that the final tournament be held at the Chester Golf Club, since it had never been held there before.
In the 19 years that the Hit It For Health tournament has been held, the foundation has raised $515,000 for the SSRH.