Rebecca Rudnisky, an X-ray technologist at the Summerland Health Centre, explains the operations of the new digital X-ray unit during a tour by members of the Summerland Health Care Auxiliary. (Contributed)

Rebecca Rudnisky, an X-ray technologist at the Summerland Health Centre, explains the operations of the new digital X-ray unit during a tour by members of the Summerland Health Care Auxiliary. (Contributed)

New x-ray machine in Summerland thanks to Health Care Auxiliary

Auxiliary raised over $800,000 to replace old equipment

The Summerland Health Centre has a new x-ray machine thanks to the Summerland Health Care Auxiliary.

The $800,000 upgrade provides much sharper images and decreases the amount of time required for each x-ray.

Fundraising for the upgrade began in 2019, and the new unit was installed earlier this year.

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The previous x-ray machine was more than 20 years old and had exceeded its lifespan by five years.

According to the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation, around 4,000 x-rays are done each year at the Summerland Health Centre.

The Summerland Health Care Auxiliary was formed in 1909 and over the years has funded many health-related projects in the community and in the region. These include providing furnishings for previous hospitals in Summerland and raising funds for the hospital tower at the Penticton Regional Hospital.

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