June 29, 2015 — Belleville’s new automobile dealers recently came together to support the $12 million Together We’re Better Campaign for cancer equipment at Belleville General Hospital.
The group including, from left to right, Steve Clark of Belleville Nissan, Dan Boyer of Boyer Kia, Peter Boyer the Boyer Auto Group, Bill McKeown of McKeown Motors, Andy Caletti of Belleville Toyota, Peter Smith of Peter Smith Chev Buick Cadillac GMC, Jim McPeake of Bay Mazda, Greg Sudds of West City Honda, Mike Bandler of Belleville Volkswagen, Dave Waller of Belleville Hyundai and Roger Lichty of Bay Subaru pictured with Heather Smith and Peter Knudsen (3rd from left) and Dr. Nic Gambarotta of QHC’s Diagnostic Imaging Department ((6th from left) contributed $125,000 to support the purchase of a new CT machine at BGH. Missing are Benton Fry of Fry Ford and Steve Wells of Wells Ford who were also part of the group contributing to make cancer care second-to-none in this region.
The CT is the work horse of the hospital when it comes to cancer care. It helps physicians diagnose and monitor the progress of cancers and efficacy of treatment. The current CT is 11 years old and has a history of monthly break down. Parts are increasingly difficult to source as they are no longer manufactured, which means patients are impacted when the machine is down – up to 50 a day. The hospital relies heavily on technicians to keep the machine operational, which resonated with the automobile dealers who work in a similar world – older model cars requiring parts no longer available to them. The situation is so relatable they knew they had to help as they did back in 2004 the last time a new CT was critical to the work of the hospital. They have come together again to support the hospital as a way of saying thank you to the greater community for purchasing cars from each of their dealerships.
Quinte Health Care treats as many breast cancers per year as Kingston hospitals and provides second-to-none cancer care to our region’s patients, right here, close to home. Donors have made an investment in the capacity of our hospitals oncologists, surgeons and diagnostic radiologists and the equipment they require to operate the program to provide the “best medicine” to patients and their families.
With the assistance of donors the Foundation has raised $4.5 million toward the current campaign, dollars which are immediately put to work to benefit health care here in this community. The Foundation is leaving no stone unturned in its effort to make Belleville General Hospital the best equipped community hospital in Canada. The new automobile dealers have helped the Foundation take another step toward that goal.