Western Hospital is getting new X-ray equipment as a result of a successful fundraising campaign that netted more than $600,000.

Staff and volunteers celebrate with some well-deserved cake as the hospital wrapped up its biggest fund raising campaign in 20 years.

In just three months, staff raised $645,000.

Allan Parker, co-chair of Western Hospital’s fundraising committee, thanked people in the community for their generosity.

"I think [it’s] further evidence that the western P.E.I. community, as a whole, is tremendously generous and very good at supporting worthwhile causes — and this certainly is a worthwhile cause to get the new X-ray equipment here for the hospital," he said.

The existing X-ray machine is barely 10 years old, but the new machine will give the rural hospital the latest in X-ray imaging technology.

"It will definitely save us a lot of time, as far as cutting down our workload during the day and getting patients through a little quicker," said Amy Gaudette, one of the hospital’s X-ray technologists.  

Earlier this week, Stewart Memorial Hospital in Tyne Valley began the conversion into a long-term care facility.

Cathy DesRoches, administer for Community Hospitals West, said as a result of that, Western Hospital may find itself busier than ever.

"We will certainly be available to the folks in Tyne Valley to assist with ambulatory care service, their emergency services requirements and if there are admissions that are needed we will certainly be available to the community and to the physicians that work in the community to provide that assistance," she said.

Western Hospital is one of three hospitals left in Prince County.

The hospital will also use the money raised to buy new equipment for its blood lab and physiotherapy department.