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Dragonboat Festival Raises $150,000 For Windsor Regional Hospital

Thursday October 20th, 2011, 11:15am


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9th Annual Dragon Boat Festival Held July 9th and 10th (Lauren Hedges)

Last July, approximately 100 teams participated in the Dragon Boat Festival at Waterfront Park in Tecumseh, and this morning the Dragonview Gardens Cancer Support & Resource Program presented a donation of $150,000 to Windsor regional Hospital. The organization is committed to fund a new multi-diagnostic Fluoroscopy System in the Diagnostic Imaging Department and Digital Radiography Unit for the Emergency Department.

The multi-diagnostic fluoroscopy system provides real-time imaging for invasive procedures such as insertion of PICC lines that allow cancer patients and others to receive intravenous treatments in an efficient and timely manner.  It also allows insertion of gastric tubes for nutrition of patients with cancer who cannot swallow and the injection of chemotherapy into the spinal cord. Other benefits include for the insertion of draining tubes in the kidney for patients with bladder cancer and assists with the performance of stomach and colon x-ray procedures for detection of cancer and follow up after cancer surgery.

Dr. Winston Ramsewak who is the Medical Director of the Diagnostic Imaging Department said “Since installing these two systems, they assist physicians and technologists with increasing the volumes in an increasingly timely manner for specialized procedures.” The digital radiography unit in the Emergency Department allows for quicker, more efficient imaging and processing of cancer patients, reducing wait times.

“We are proud to announce our new name, Dragonview Gardens Cancer Support & Resource Program as well as indicate that we have achieved our not-for-profit charitable status with a Revenue Canada Business Number in order to provide official receipts for tax purposes.” said Gerry Orum of the Dragonview Gardens Cancer Support & Resource Program.

Plans are already underway for next year’s Dragon Boat Festival scheduled for the weekend of July 12-15, 2012 in Tecumseh’s Waterfront Park.

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