MRI announced for Health Sciences Centre

Sharon Blady and Kellie O'Rourke
Health minister Sharon Blady (left) and Kellie O'Rourke, Chief Operating Officer of Winnipeg West Integrated Health and Social Services at the announcement of new diagnostic equipment for the Grace Hospital.

Winnipeg Health Region
Published Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Patients in the Winnipeg Health Region will receive better services with the purchase of a replacement magnetic resonance imager (MRI) at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, thanks to funding announced by the province today.

Across Manitoba, more than $30 million of new health-care equipment was announced by provincial Health Minister Sharon Blady.

The funding includes $3.4 million to purchase and install the MRI at HSC. In 2014/15, nearly 8,000 scans were performed by one MRI at the facility. 

“As technology improves and evolves, it is important for care providers to keep up with those advances to provide current, safe, high-quality health care and to promote the best health outcomes possible for the people of Manitoba,” said Lori Lamont, interim Chief Executive Officer, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

Other investments include:

  • $1.5 million to purchase and install new digital x-ray suites at the Seven Oaks Hospital and the Grace Hospital in Winnipeg.
  • $2 million to purchase and install specialized equipment at CancerCare Manitoba that will allow for more targeted radiation treatments for breast, ovarian, cervical and other cancers including a CT simulator that when not in use for treating gynecological cancers, will be used for other patients with complex care needs.
  • $400,000 for a new work station and software at St. Boniface Hospital for Holter analysis, which is part of electrocardiogram monitoring.

The province has previously announced an MRI scanner at the Grace Hospital. More than 21,000 scans were performed by one x-ray suite at the Grace Hospital in 2012/13. During the same time period, more than 23,000 scans were performed by one x-ray suite at Seven Oaks Hospital.

The minister noted the purchase and installation of new equipment can improve diagnosis and treatment, often leading to quicker results, support staff retention by providing modern, up-to-date equipment, reduce testing duplication, and improve comfort for patients and staff.

“Better tests lead to better results for Manitobans when they are sick,” said Blady.  “By investing in this equipment, we are giving health-care providers the tools they need to get answers as soon as possible and provide even better care for patients.”

Every year, the province invests more than $30 million in new and replacement equipment across Manitoba. The minister noted that since 1999, the provincial government has invested close to $375 million in new and replacement diagnostic equipment and services.

Source: Province of Manitoba

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