As the autumn chill sets in, imagine relaxing in all-weather wicker chairs in your outdoor space kept toasty with a standing patio propane heater. This could happen if your ticket is drawn in the North Lincoln Hospital Foundation’s “great outdoors” prize giveaway, with only 300 tickets to be sold.

The top prize is valued at $660 and was donated by NW Natural. It includes a Deconi patio propane heater standing just over 7 feet tall and with wheels for easy placement, along with two plus size faux-wicker chairs.

The runner-up prize is a warm and toasty outdoor basket donated by TLC, a division of Fibre Federal Credit Union. It includes Tillamook jerky, alder smoke chips and a cozy Sherpa-lined fleece blanket among other items, valued at $125.

Tickets are $20 each or $100 for six, and can be purchased by contacting Leslie James, senior development specialist, at 503-780-8737 or lejames@samhealth.org. The two winning tickets will be drawn at noon on Friday, Oct. 29, at the NLHF office, 3010 NE 28th St., Lincoln City. People must be at least 18 years of age to purchase tickets, and they need not be present at the drawing to win.

All proceeds will go toward the hospital’s MRI replacement project.

About the MRI project

The MRI replacement project is a partnership between Samaritan Health Services, North Lincoln Hospital Foundation and the North Lincoln Health District. The total project cost is estimated to be $3 million.

Natalie Schaefer, NLHF executive director, explained that the hospital has long offered high-quality magnetic resonance imaging for diagnosis and treatment, but the current MRI unit is nearing the end of its useful lifespan. It will be replaced with a Siemens 1.5T scanner, which has a larger diameter bore for improved patient comfort. MRI uses a magnetic field and computer-generated radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues inside the body.

The new state-of-the-art MRI will be located inside a small ancillary building to be placed near the Emergency Department of the new hospital, which opened in February 2020. In this location, heat from the magnet can be captured using the hospital’s chilled water system and converted into heating or cooling, to reduce energy consumption in the hospital.

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