Major gift brings new Spect CT Cameras closer to reality

Ian Brady, a director of the Walter Thomas Elliot Charitable Foundation and Steve Cook, executive director of the Belleville General Hospital Foundation pose for a photograph during the recent donation of $300,000. The donation will go toward the purchase of new cutting edge cameras within the Nuclear Medicine Department. SUBMITTED PHOTO jpg, BI

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A major donation to the Belleville General Hospital Foundation will assist in provided new, state-of-the-art equipment at the Quinte Health Care site.

The Walter Thomas Elliott Charitable Foundation recently donated $300,000 to the foundation.

The money pledged will be used to help purchase two new cutting edge cameras within the Nuclear Medicine Department. With one in two people being touched by cancer in their lives, these cameras are an important diagnostic tool.

Walter T. Elliott was a prominent business man for many years. Born and raised on a farm in Murray Township, Elliott operated a business, first in Stirling and then in Belleville. He got his start with a Case farm equipment franchise in the late 1930s, and started Stirling Motors in 1947. He opened a new General Motors dealership in Belleville in 1952 and earned a reputation throughout Ontario as one of the major farm equipment and motor vehicle dealers. He sold that business and retired in 1979. He was active in municipal affairs, serving on council in both Stirling and, for several years, Belleville.

During the time he was alive, Elliot had a pattern of giving that the directors of his charitable foundation have carried on. One of the beneficiaries over the years has been Belleville General Hospital Foundation. This most recent $300,000 donation from the Walter Thomas Elliot Charitable Foundation brings their total giving to BGHF to almost half a million dollars.

“Walter always felt the need to help his local hospital,” said Ian Brady, a director with the Walter Thomas Elliott Charitable Foundation.  “If there was something the hospital needed and the Walter Thomas Elliot Charitable Foundation had the ability to help with it, we were glad to do so.”

BGHF executive director Steve Cook said gifts like this from the Walter Thomas Elliot Charitable Foundation make a huge impact on the foundation’s goal to provide ‘exceptional care’ for the community.

“When this Nuclear Medicine project is completed, we can expect greater patient flow within the nuclear medicine department, lower radiation exposure and faster scanning times,” said Cook. “The new machines will provide greater visual acuity, when diagnosing disease in patients across the region. These nuclear medicine cameras are so important for early detection, particularly in breast cancer patients undergoing sentinel node mapping procedures.”

Cook also pointed out  the Nuclear Medicine facilities at Belleville General Hospital mean patients do not have to travel to Kingston, Ottawa or Oshawa for testing, since the hospital is one of two sites located within the South East LHIN.