Diane Dalman is excited at what a community can do when it pulls together. The president of the Wynyard Hospital Auxiliary is watching as a new X-ray is installed at the hospital. The auxiliary raised $143,000 of the needed $173,000 for the X-ray.

“We celebrate the auxiliary’s 25th anniversary at the end of May,” says Dalman. “We hope to raise the remaining money through events surrounding the anniversary.”

If the past is any indication, the auxiliary should have no trouble. Fundraising started about two years ago with the auxiliary approaching organizations and current and former resident.

“The response from the community has been phenomenal,” says Dalman.

The auxiliary has received support from former Wynyard residents Irene and Leslie Dubé. The Dubés’ contribution of $100,00 has helped put the goal well within reach. More support came from corporate sponsors such as the Bank of Nova Scotia as well as efforts from hundreds of individuals and organizations in town and from surrounding communities.

“We held a Festival of Wreaths event in the winter where we had 60 wreaths donated, and we thought ‘how are we ever going to sell them all?’ But we did and we raised $7,000. It was quite impressive.”

The new radiology X-ray system is being installed at the hospital throughout the months of May and June. This new radiology system is expected to be up and fully operational by June 21, 2011.

“It has been a pleasure for the Saskatoon Health Medical Imaging and Construction departments to assist the Wynyard Hospital and its Hospital Auxiliary with this replacement project,” says Corey Miller, Director of Medical Imaging Services. “Without their vision and financial support this project would have been years from occurring. This new radiology system will provide Wynyard and surrounding communities with up-to-date and dependable radiology services for years to come.”

A grand opening event is scheduled for July.