Greenidge gives $75K for S&S CT scanner

Finger Lakes Health
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital Radiology staff Andrew Williams and Karen Little examine the new unit as installation and calibration continues.

Greenidge Generation's support makes possible the new CT scanner installed at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital. 

PENN YAN – Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, a critical access hospital in Penn Yan, New York, will purchase and install a new Philips Incisive 128 slice CT scanner by the end of the year, thanks to a very significant $75,000 donation made by Greenidge Generation.

The Finger Lakes Health Foundation has been fundraising for this new CT Scanner since 2020. Funds for the scanner were allocated from Soldiers & Sailors Capital budget, and Finger Lakes Health Foundation committed to raise funds in support of the project.  The Foundation secured funding from Davenport-Hatch Foundation, Yates TB and Health Foundation and many generous individuals and businesses, yet still faced a gap in funding to meet the nearly $400,000 cost to purchase and install the system -- and ensure emergency power and other requirements.      

“We are extremely proud to be able to assist Soldiers & Sailors Hospital in this critical investment in the health and welfare of our Finger Lakes region neighbors with this donation," said Dale Irwin, president of Greenidge Generation. "My mother was born in this amazing hospital and my family, like so many others, relies upon Soldiers & Sailors to provide exceptional local health care.  When we heard about this project, it was just a natural fit for Greenidge Generation to step up to make it possible to ensure that the technology was available right here in our community.”   

“We are truly grateful to Greenidge Generation, their leadership, the members of its Community Advisory Committee and the approximately 45 employees who are making this gift possible," state the Board of the Finger Lakes Health Foundation.  "This substantial gift closes the gap we faced and ensures Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital can secure a critical piece of technology, vital to the detection, diagnosis, and treatment planning for a wide variety of clinical needs for our friends and neighbors. This gift will undoubtedly save many lives and benefit the Yates County community for years to come.”

Karen Little checking out the new command module she will soon be operating for Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital.

A CT scan can be used to visualize nearly all parts of the body. Clinicians rely upon CT for many reasons including: to identify stroke; locate blood clots or tumors; detect and monitor cancers, heart diseases, lung nodules, and liver masses; evaluate bone and joint issues; visualize internal injuries and bleeding; and assess spinal problems and injury.

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital has been relying on a mobile CT scanner unit during the installation of the new unit.

Computed tomography (CT scan) ranks as one of the top five medical developments in the last 50 years. CT scans can help improve the accuracy and success of health care, reduce the need for exploratory surgeries, and reduce the risk of complications in surgery. The CT Scan is non-invasive, painless and quick.

The CT Scan System at Soldiers & Sailors is the only one in Yates County. The current CT system at the hospital is 16+ years old and is a 16 slice CT. The new 128 CT Scan will deliver increased speed, lower dose radiation, and increased accuracy of diagnosis due to enhanced imaging.

Oupatients and inpatients at Soldiers & Sailors will have access to our new state-of-the-art CT technology. The Philips Incisive CT scanner system will be installed by year-end 2021 in the Diagnostic Imaging/Radiology Department on the ground floor of Soldiers & Sailors hospital lobby.

To support this project or any one of the Finger Lakes Health sites/programs:

• Donate online at: https://www.flhealth.org/make-a-donation.

• Mail a check payable to Finger Lakes Health Foundation, 196 North Street, Geneva, NY 14456.