Grace Hospital launches new MRI suite

Diagnostic tool will help provide better care to patients

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Milton Sussman, WRHA President and CEO (left) on a tour of the control room of the new Grace Hospital MRI suite with Paul Barrette, Senior MRI Technologist.
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Tomorrow's Grace

Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
Published Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Grace Hospital has become the first regional hospital in Winnipeg to be equipped with a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine.

MRI – which stands for magnetic resonance imaging – is a vital diagnostic tool that produces high-resolution images to help health professionals diagnose a number of health problems ranging from injuries to aneurisms or stroke.

Milton Sussman, President and CEO of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, says the addition of the MRI will help the Grace provide better care to its patients.

“Adding access to important services, like the MRI, to community hospitals like the Grace helps bring health services closer to home,” says Sussman.

“Being able to use community hospitals as a home base is important for Winnipeggers and we are committed to improving not only the quality and availability of the services we offer, but where they are offered,” he says.

inside Grace MRI

View from the control room into the new MRI at Grace Hospital.

It is expected the new MRI suite at the Grace, which began operating in April but was officially launched today, will conduct about 3,000 MRIs annually. Currently, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority has four MRI suites located at Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg, St. Boniface Hospital, Pan Am Clinic and now the Grace.

Dr. Marco Essig, Medical Director of Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging with the WRHA, says the new MRI suite will improve the capacity of the system across the city.”

“As we learn more about injuries and illnesses we are presented with increasingly complex patients and having the most modern, sensitive tools to help us diagnose and treat those conditions facilitates the best patient outcomes.”

The new MRI suite is one of two major capital projects at the Grace – the other is the construction of the new Emergency Department – that have been undertaken with support from Grace Hospital Foundation’s Tomorrow’s Grace Capital Campaign. 

The MRI suite cost $10. 5 million, while the Emergency Department, which is set to open in late 2017, is expected to cost about $22 million.


Milton Sussman, Kellie O'Rourke, Dr. Garvin Pierce, Marjorie and Edward Danylchuk, Pearl McGonigal and Jeff Coleman at the opening of the MRI.

Former Lt.-Gov. Pearl McGonigal and Dr. Garvin Pierce co-chaired the capital campaign that raised $1 million for the MRI suite and $6 million for the new Emergency Department.

Philanthropists Edward and Marjorie Danylchuk provided $3.25 million to the campaign, the largest ever one-time gift to a Winnipeg community hospital, according to McGonigal.

“It took me about 30 minutes to convince them, and I can’t tell you what tremendous people they are,” she said.

In acknowledgement of Danylchuks’ generosity, the MRI suite has been named the Edward & Marjorie Danylchuk MRI Building. 

“We are more than pleased to support the Grace,” said Edward Danylchuk. “They have taken good care of us, our children and our grandchildren. The Grace is so important to the community and if we can help support health and wellness we are happy to do so.”

Other major donors to the campaign included MacDon Industries, Guy and Jody Bieber and the Manitoba X-Ray Clinic.

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