Representatives from the DomtarCorporation Dryden Mill presented a cheque for the company’s donation of $30,000 to the Dryden Regional Health Services Foundation. The Dryden Regional Health Services Foundation is the fundraising partner of the Dryden Regional Health Centre. Domtar’s donation will help fund a new CT scan unit for the Dryden Regional Health Centre(DRHC). Domtar’s Dryden Mill, which produces pulp, employs over 350 people in the region.

“It’s particularly important to us to continue to provide safe, effective and compassionate care when our patients are experiencing an illness—and access to diagnosis and treatment options in our home communities not only means timeliness for results; it means that our patients don’t have to leave Dryden or their families to travel to larger or neighbouring centres for specialized services like CT scans,” said Wade Petranik, president and chief executive officer, Dryden Regional Health Centre. “Domtar’s overwhelming support of our campaign aligns with our compassion for our community and our efforts to provide the best care right here, at home. We’re sincerely appreciative of their support.”

Fundraising for a new CT scan unit was underway when it recently became inoperable increasing the urgency of fundraising efforts. The hospital averages just over 18,000 emergency room visits annually and last year the CT scan unit was used to take 5,000 images for 2,000 patients. Domtar’s donation will be a boost in making a new CT scan unit become a reality quicker.

“Domtar is committed to investing in the greater Dryden community where our mill operates, and to promoting health and wellness—as it is one of our core community investment pillars,” said Jim Blight, General Manager at Domtar’s Dryden Mill. “The Dryden Regional Health Centre is a pivotal institution that we are so grateful for, and we hope that Domtar’s donation will help the hospital continue to serve the people in our community and the surrounding region.”

Photo, from left to right: Kelly Sobering, co-chair, Dryden Regional Health Services Foundation, Jim Blight, general manager, Domtar Dryden, Wade Petranik, chief executive officer, Dryden Regional Health Centre, (Photo: courtesy of the Dryden Regional Health Centre).