Cappagh Hospital ex-patient Michael Boland of Richmond, Nenagh, a champion supporter of the Cappagh Hospital Trust campaign for many years, has presented the hospital with donations received during his recent fundraising efforts where he canvassed local businesses in Nenagh, Ballinasloe and Portumna.
In addition, Michael has also taken responsibility for the collection and distribution of charity boxes in shops and pubs in Nenagh and surrounding areas, affording the hospital a much needed opportunity to take its campaign to the people of Tipperary.
Cappagh Hospital Trust’s executive director expressed his sincere thanks and appreciation for Michael’s on-going efforts, commenting: “It is our absolute pleasure to be associated with Michael and his fundraising drive and we have been overwhelmed by the response to his campaign this year. Michael is a true champion of Cappagh and an outstanding citizen, and our sincere thanks and appreciation go to him for his marathon efforts on our behalf”.
All funds raised from Michael’s campaign will go towards the Cappagh Hospital 3T Scanner Appeal.
The first of its kind in any public hospital in the country, Cappagh Hospital is now home to the powerful Philips Achieva 3Tesla MRI machine with Multi Transmit; a machine designed to overcome some of the fundamental challenges of MR Imaging.
By advancing the previously available technology, the 3T provides optimal image quality to doctors, improving diagnosis and providing patients with better outcomes.
The significant time improvement also provides Cappagh with more time to help patients. More patients will be seen in the same amount of time, improving the overall diagnostic capability of the hospital.
With this new machine, Cappagh Hospital can see more patients, doctors can see more in the images that it provides to better help these patients, and the patients themselves will have a better experience with greater comfort throughout.
The comfort of patients undergoing MRI examination is of paramount importance to the hospital, in particular children and special needs patients, both of which can be understandably frightened and overwhelmed by this necessary procedure. The new 3T provides a 40 per cent faster scanning speed, significantly reducing the time children spend in the scanner itself.
Cappagh Hospital Trust, the charitable arm of the hospital, was given the task of raising the funds required to purchase this new, state of the art scanner for the Hospital, a huge undertaking given the substantial €2.3m price tag that comes with such a superb machine.
Armed with the support of the Hospital’s patients and friends, in particular individuals such as Michael Boland, the Trust has already raised substantial funding towards the scanner, which has been operational since May 2011, and will continue to campaign tirelessly to provide the balance of funds required to complete the purchase, a task that cannot not be fulfilled without the continued support of the hospital’s loyal supporters.
By supporting the fundraising efforts of Michael Boland, every cent you donate goes towards funding the purchase of the 3T MRI Scanner for Cappagh, which will benefit patients nationwide.