Burnet hospital receives $2M from Highland Lakes Health Fund

CONNIE SWINNEY • THE PICAYUNE

BURNET — A $2 million gift from a local non-profit group will help fund an expansion project including 24-hour magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology for Seton Highland Lakes, officials unveiled Feb. 4 at the facility.

“We have a long history with the Highland Lakes Health Fund (HLHF) of bringing services to this community. This is the largest gift we’ve received,”  said Hospital Administrator Arie Dejong. “Up until now, there is no 24-hour MRI service, inpatient or otherwise.”

[tabs style=”default”] [tab title=”Photo 1″]Seton Board 1The Highland Lakes Health Fund announced a $2 million gift Feb. 4  for a new MRI suite expansion and renovation project within 2,400-square-ft of Seton Highland Lakes in Burnet. Pictured are: Board Treasurer Charity Taber, Board President and Pulmunologist Dr. Erica Hughes, MD; along with board members Shirley Schmidt, David Humphries, Roy Oakley, Annette Ussery, Board Vice President Kerri Lilley, board members John Robertson, Karol French and Seton Health Fund Director Cary Johnson. Staff photos by Connie Swinney[/tab] [tab title=”Photo 2″]Seton Board 2Officials announced an upcoming MRI expansion project and renovations at Burnet’s Seton Highland Lakes Feb. 4, following a $2 million check presentation from the non-profit Highland Lakes Health Fund. Pictured are: Highland Lakes Health Fund Board Vice President Kerri Lilley(left) , along with board members Annette Ussery, Seton Healthcare’s Sister Helen Brewer, HLHF board member Karol French, Seton Fund Executive Director Charlie Scarborough and Seton Fund Spokeswoman Becky Fox.[/tab] [/tabs]

The hospital currently offers a mobile unit, three days per week.

Officials said the money will fund the bulk of the new MRI suite expansion and renovation within 2,400-square-ft, of the building.

Healthcare workers will provide patient access around the clock, seven days per week, officials said.

“We’ve had a mobile unit here for a while, but this is a chance to bring full-time services,” Dejong said. “People – regardless of who – they can come and seek these services if they need them.”

Officials said the total proposed project package is approximately $2.6 million and includes renovation of the patient admissions and visitor waiting areas as well as the MRI suite.

Additional  funds for the project will come from Seton Healthcare, officials said.

“People have needs regardless of what you’re hearing about healthcare reform and the economy,” Dejong said. “We’re here to give them excellent imaging and want them to feel like they can come to the comfort of our facility at anytime and get top-notch care.”

The non-profit HLHF board, which has a 15-year partnership with the hospital, coordinates annual fundraisers and accepts donations on behalf of the local facility.

connie@thepicayune.com