Northern Health and the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation representatives were on Issues and Answers today responding in more detail, to questions about the status and the cost of the 64-slice CT scanner, soon to be installed at Fort St. John Hospital.
As reported earlier, it was just taken out of service in Prince George, earlier this month, after being installed there in April and, performing more than 15 hundred scans. The scanner, one of two at Prince George Regional Hospital, was part of a Northern Health arrangement to get Prince George, a new 320-slice device to be installed next month… Betty Morris, the health authorities new Northeast sector Chief Operating Officer, talked about that arrangment today, while rejecting suggestions the Fort St. John scanner will not be a new device… [asset|aid=339|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=11750e363efa2657c75461fde1e2b92f-Morris-Northern Health_1_Pub.mp3]
As reported earlier Northern Health is admitting it didn’t get this message to the local Hospital Foundation, until just recently, resulting in a communication gap, which ultimately extended to the public. Meantime, the Foundation’s Executive Director, Janice Isberg, added more details this morning, to the previous explanation from Northern Health’s Sonya Kruger, regarding a price comparison of the device designated for Fort St. John, to one in Alberta, with a price tag about 650 thousand dollars less… [asset|aid=340|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=11750e363efa2657c75461fde1e2b92f-Isberg – Foundation_1_Pub.mp3]
The latest word on the instalation time-table for the local scanner, is that it could happen, as soon as mid to late December.