This isn’t the first time MainPower has lent the Māia Health Foundation its support. It joined Māia as a Business Partner in 2016, to help with Māia’s fundraising for the future-proofed helipad for Christchurch Hospital.
“The helipad was a great match for us, because our North Canterbury region relies on it so heavily to get patients in and out of Christchurch Hospital. When this opportunity came up to be able to support the ultrasound machine in Kaikōura, we knew that it was directly beneficial for our community too,” says Lester.
Pegasus Health CEO Vince Barry says this new imaging equipment will greatly benefit the Kaikōura community.
“We’re committed to helping primary care deliver services to people in their own communities to reduce the need to travel for appointments. Your family practice is at the centre of your health care and we want to strengthen that link and the range of care available without needing to travel, and this new imaging equipment helps us achieve that,” says Barry.
Doctor Andrea Judd, from Kaikōura Health says the new machine will make a world of difference.
“It’s going to assist with better diagnosis, more definitive treatment and will help us better utilise the health dollar so that those who need more rapid assessment can get it. We’re also hoping that the purchase of this machine will help towards our long-term goal of attracting a specialist sonography service to Kaikōura.
“All overseas literature shows that a facility our size needs a quality ultrasound service. For us to keep up with other facilities of our size we just had to have a machine of this quality – it was becoming a necessity. Our most sincere thanks goes to Māia Health Foundation, MainPower, Pegasus Health and the Salkeld family for helping us meet this very real need,” says Dr Judd.
The funding for the $45,000 ultrasound machine was completed with a $1,000 donation from Gerald and Peggy Salkeld. The Christchurch family have a special relationship with Kaikōura – their family has had a holiday home in South Bay for more than 60 years.
“Kaikōura has been a wonderful place for us, enjoyed by the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and this donation is our way of giving back to the Kaikōura community,” says Gerald.
And it’s hoped the Kaikōura community will see more of the Māia Health Foundation in the future.
“The Kaikōura district is an important part of the Canterbury DHB territory and we definitely hope to be able to spend more time working with, and for, this community into the future,” says Flatman.