Doctor Adam Moir has a special 'Thank You' from Dryden's Rotary Club. He says the service club's $30,000 donation will definitely help improve patient care.

"This is a technology that is cutting edge," said Dr. Adam Moir, as he talked about the use of new ultrasound technology. "Its uses are expanding exponentially. You're investing in helping support lifesaving technology."

During his speech to Rotarians, the doctor gave a couple of examples of how an ultrasound saved the life of a mother, after her pregnancy went wrong.

"What I saw in the ultrasound was her liver was surrounded by blood, which means an ectopic pregnancy had ruptured, and all that blood was in her abdomen," he said.

The new technology also helped save the life of a heart patient, he said.

"This patient has all this fluid around his heart," he recalled. "In this day, I had a very friendly cardiologist in Thunder Bay. I took a quick video of the images. I sent a quick video over electronic messaging."

Without having to resort to an aircraft transfer, the doctor and the specialist were quickly able to diagnose the problem and talk about treatment, through the use of the ultrasound.

The service club is also helping diabetic patients with their care. In his speech, Chuck Schmitt from the hospital foundation noted the renewed importance of community support. In the current climate, where provincial funding isn't keeping pace with inflation, donations from service clubs and community groups are more important than ever.

"We used to run a fairly healthy surplus, which we used to roll back into doctor recruitment and capital expenditures," he told Rotarians. "In the last two years, we've posted a $30,000 and a $70,000 surplus. So, the gap is shrinking."

Schmitt also made reference to hospitals struggling with deficits, such as Thunder Bay and Kenora, where layoffs and service cuts are being considered to balance the books.

For more information:
Dryden Rotary
Dryden's hospital foundation (Make a donation))
Use of ultrasounds in medicine in medicine