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First Sonosite Ultrasound in Canada Purchased for use at WCGH

The Chan family stands in front of the donor recognition wall at West Coast General Hospital with the new ultrasound that was purchased with their donation. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Doctor’s Shiu Fai Chan estate funds most advanced ultrasound available in North America at West Coast General Hospital. Dr. Shiu Fai Chan worked at WCGH for many years.

“This is our way of saying thank you to the community, and particularly to the hospital and the staff,” said his wife Dr. Elizabeth Huggett.

Dr. Robbie O’Dwyer, the president of the WCGH Foundation Board of Directors, said: “The Sonosite ultrasound is the most advanced ultrasound available in North America. This is the first one purchased in Canada. That improves patient safety. For intensive care units, the use of ultrasounds is critically important for management of cases. This is going to contribute immensely to the quality of care for our patients.”

The accessories included are: to perform cardiac ultrasound, abdominal ultrasound and vascular access.

“Which is the equivalent of the full investigative potential of ultrasound that’s available in the x-ray department,” said O’Dwyer.

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