Ten years ago Blue Ridge Women’s Center received its first ultrasound unit, enabling us to add medical services to our counseling, education, and material-goods ministries. Five years ago we were able to replace that initial ultrasound machine with a newer model through Focus on the Family’s Option Ultrasound program.

The move to include limited medical services has been a great one for this ministry, and the use of ultrasound has provided hundreds of women the opportunity to see their unborn babies, which has been a lifesaver in some cases. We currently provide on average 7-10 ultrasounds per week to abortion-vulnerable women.

Our medical services are overseen by our Medical Director, Dr. Kevin Walsh, a local OB/GYN, with our Nurse Manager, Lisa Radford, managing the daily medical operations as a member of our staff. In addition we are fortunate to have a number of nurses and professional sonographers who volunteer hundreds of hours to serve our clients.

Why am I telling you this? Because ultrasound is one of the tools we have built this ministry around. But today it is in jeopardy.

We have had a number of service issues with our ultrasound unit over the last 12 months. Each service call costs a minimum of $800, and the technician has informed us that we need a major hardware update to keep things running. The latest cost estimate is between $7,000 and $10,000 that we will need to invest into our ultrasound unit to keep it operating.

I have contacted an equipment provider that works with a group providing limited grants for ultrasound equipment for pregnancy centers. I have also contacted Focus on the Family to see if Option Ultrasound might be of any help to us, but they have traditionally only helped with the initial equipment placement.

The reality is that we need about $10,000 to repair or replace our ultrasound and we simply don’t have an extra $10,000 sitting around. We need to have this situation resolved quickly or we will not be able to continue providing ultrasound to our clients. If you can help us, would you please let me know as soon as possible?

I realize this is a last-minute crisis here at the end of the year, but God has always provided for this ministry through people like yourself. Thank you for your ongoing support and help in this hour of need.

We will be closed tomorrow and Friday for Christmas, but I will respond to e-mail immediately and phone calls (362-3007 x 210) when I return to the office on Monday (12/27).