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Comox Valley Hospital Foundation supporters fund new diagnostic equipment

Pictured with the Technegas Generator and Delivery System from left to right: Juvena Burns, Comox Valley Hospital medical imaging lead and Alison Smith, nuclear medicine technologist. Photo supplied

The Comox Valley Hospital has received some new diagnostic equipment, thanks to certain Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation supporters.

The TB Vets Charitable Foundation and Mike and Marlene Horvath – longtime supporters of our Healthcare Foundation – have enabled the purchase of the Technegas generator and delivery system with easy breathe accessory equipment for the Comox Valley Hospital.

Used in the Nuclear Medicine Department, this specialized equipment assesses airflow and lung function with 3D, high-resolution imaging. Over the course of a year, nuclear medicine and medical imaging professionals will use this diagnostic tool to aid in diagnosis and treatment to support care for hundreds of patients in the Comox Valley.

One of greatest benefits of having the Technegas generator is that it provides a higher sensitivity and specificity because of its 3D imaging capability, which wasn’t possible before. This exposes the patient to lower radiation and reduces the breathing requirement when performing nuclear medicine lung exams. Even patients with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can be examined because only a few breaths are required.

“The staff at the Comox Valley Hospital would like to sincerely thank the TB Vets Charitable Foundation for their grant and Mike and Marlene Horvath for their generous donation to purchase the Technegas Generator and Delivery System for our Hospital,” said Amanda Jacoby, Comox Valley Hospital site director. “The accuracy of this model is superior with a better overall diagnostic performance over our hospital’s previous system. Providing the safest and highest level of care to all our patients is a priority at the Comox Valley Hospital.”

TB Vets has been supporting respiratory wellness in BC for over 75 years and since 1996, have made significant donations towards Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation, which has touched many lives in the Comox Valley from first breath to end-of-life care. To learn more about TB Vets Charitable Foundation, visit

For more than a decade, Mike and Marlene Horvath have been unwavering supporters of health care through the CVHF. In addition to their monthly giving, they have made an extra special contribution to enable the purchase of the Technegas generator and delivery system. They make donations not only to express gratitude but also to contribute to ensuring the highest standard of care for fellow members in the Comox Valley.

“This is a piece of equipment that the medical imaging department identified as one of their top priorities, and we were elated when TB Vets Charitable Foundation and Mike and Marlene Horvath expressed willingness to support its purchase,” said Rhonda Stevens, co-executive director of the Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation. “These partnerships are vital to local health care and we are truly grateful for their generosity and continued support.”