$1 Million Commitment to 64 Slice CT Scanner

Fred Smithers Announces One Million Dollar Commitment to Dartmouth General Hospital’s CT 64 Campaign

Dartmouth, November 28, 2005… Fred Smithers, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Secunda Group of Companies announced a $1 million commitment towards the new 64 Slice CT Scanner at the Dartmouth General Hospital. “The Dartmouth General is a community hospital and therefore must have the equipment it needs to respond to the needs of the community. This new CT is vitally needed and I am pleased to be able to kick start the funding campaign. I value the dedication of the DGH staff, the physicians and the volunteers to the needs of the patients and their families, and for these reasons I am happy to make this pledge.”

“This is just great news for the Hospital, the Foundation but more importantly the community,” says DGH Foundation Chair David Nantes. “The 64 Slice CT will offer tremendous benefits to patients. Mr. Smithers’s gift today is a model of Leading by Example in this community. His previous support through the J. D. Mitchell Kilted Classic Golf Tournament (established five years ago) benefited the needs of the new Emergency Department expansion, particularly the J. D. Mitchell Resuscitation Room. We are truly grateful for his tremendous support”.

In expressing his gratitude, Radiology Chief Dr. Andrew Ingham indicated that the new 64 Slice CT scanner is a state-of-the-art diagnostic tool and it replaces a 1 slice CT that the Dartmouth General has been using for several years. “We are so thankful that Mr. Smithers's gift makes this a reality for our patients”.

This is the largest gift pledged to the Dartmouth General Hospital Charitable Foundation.