Posted by Paul Kennedy on Jun 06, 2017
After consultation with Alberta Health Services in August 2013, the Rotary Club of Cochrane committed to the funding of an outpatient diagnostic ultrasound service for the town of Cochrane.  Shortly thereafter the Rotary Club of Cochrane and the Lindsay Leigh Kimmett Memorial Foundation entered into a partnership arrangement whereby Rotary and the Kimmett Foundation would jointly fund the ultrasound project.  
As of October 2014, $138,000 had been raised for the ultrasound initiative.  Shortly thereafter with falling oil prices and a change of government, support for our planned outpatient ultrasound service was withdrawn.  Eventually Alberta Health Services came back with an alternate plan whereby funding could be redirected to the purchase of an ultrasound service for Cochrane's Urgent Care.  
Seventy-thousand dollars was subsequently donated to Cochrane's Urgent Care for the purchase of an ultrasound system and a video laryngoscope designed to faciliate tracheal Intubation for patients with a compromised airway.  The remaining sixty-eight thousand dollars was donated to STARS Air Ambulance for a portable ultrasound system and state-of-the-art intravenous pumps.