Healthy Living in the North

CT scanner officially unveiled in Smithers

The new CT scanner in pictured.

The new Smithers CT scanner, located in the Bulkley Valley District Hospital.

On Friday, July 12, 2019, the Bulkley Valley District Hospital (BVDH) and the Bulkley Valley Healthcare Foundation celebrated the opening of the new computerized tomography (CT) scanner at the hospital. More than 50 people from the community, Northern Health, and the Town of Smithers were on hand to mark the event.

There were balloons and a lovely cake, as well as many kind words of reflection and praise for the people who contributed to the purchase of the CT scanner. The purchase was made possible, in large part, through the philanthropy of a Bulkley Valley local, Fritz Pfeiffer, who donated $1.6 million to help fund the project. The CT scanner will carry out more than 3,500 scans a year.

An outdoor group photo. One person hold a plaque.

A group photo from the CT scanner “opening” event (L to R: Mayor Taylor Bacharach, Mabel (Timberwolf) Forsyth (Witsuwit’en Hereditary chief); Cormac Hikisch, Health Services Administrator, Smithers; Jeanette Malkow, family friend to the late Fritz Pfeiffer, member of the Smithers Health Committee; Joyce Groves, caregiver to the late Fritz Pfeiffer; Irene Howard, family friend of the late Fritz Pfeiffer; Laurel Menzel, Executive Director, Bulkley Valley Health Care and Hospital Foundation; Andrea Bradford, Chief Technologist, Diagnostic Imaging).

Andrea Palmer

About Andrea Palmer

Andrea Palmer is the Communications Lead for Capital Projects at Northern Health. She’s happy in all four seasons in Northern BC and loves getting out into the wild with her family. Andrea is a Southern transplant who came to the North “for just one year” to attend UNBC… more than twenty years ago. Suffice it to say the academic and professional opportunities, wild spaces, and open-hearted people are what make the North home for Andrea. Sunny winter skies and fresh powder for days don’t hurt either.