McGuinty Government Improving Access To Diagnostic Scans
TORONTO, Jan. 21 /CNW/ -
York South-Weston area residents will soon benefit from reduced MRI wait
times, thanks to the addition of a new MRI machine and additional
funding to reduce the number of patients waiting for MRI scans at the
Humber River Regional Hospital's Church St. site.
The new MRI is the second for Humber River Regional Hospital and will allow the hospital to do
3,120 additional scans every year. It is scheduled to begin operating
for 40 hours a week later this year.
As part of provincial investments to reduce MRI wait times for patients,
Humber River Regional Hospital will also receive an immediate one-time
investment of $235,600 to do nearly 1400 scans using the existing
The new machine will improve care for patients by reducing wait times for MRI scans, speeding time
to diagnosis and treatment.
Today's announcement is part of the government's Open Ontario Plan to
provide more access to health care services while improving quality and
accountability for patients.
"Thanks to this new MRI machine, thousands of patients will now have
more access to this much needed diagnostic service closer to home. For
so many, a new MRI will not only mean less waiting but also getting the
right treatment started sooner."
Laura Albanese, M.P.P. York South-Weston
"I'm determined to increase access to MRIs in York South-Weston. That's
why I'm glad we're able to fund a second MRI at Humber River Regional
Hospital. I know how important this is to the community."
Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
"This funding allows us to provide timelier, more efficient care for
patients at our Church Street site. The new MRI and expanded service
provides better care for our community today, and complements our
technology plans for our new hospital."
Rueben Devlin, President & CEO, Humber River Regional Hospital
"We are committed to providing timely and appropriate access to key
patient services. This funding is an important measure to help reduce
wait times and provide Ontarians with better access to health care
close to home."
Monte Kwinter, M.P.P. York Centre
"Patients deserve timely and quality care when visiting our local
hospital. The new MRI will improve performance and reduce wait times,
which is wonderful news for our community and the Church site
Mario Sergio, M.P.P. York West
"The new MRI scanner and additional funding for Humber River Regional
Hospital will assist the hospital to reduce wait times. I expect we
will see improvements in MRI wait times as a result of this priority
Kim Baker, Chief Executive Officer, Central LHIN
There are currently 78 MRI machines operating in Ontario's hospitals.
That's 19 more MRI machines than existed in 2003.
Between 2004-05 and 2010-11 the McGuinty Government provided Ontario
hospitals with over $245M in additional funding to perform 1,388,800
more MRI exams
There is currently one MRI machines operating at Humber River Regional
Hospital that perform approximately 7,900 scans per year.
Visit online. Humber River Regional Hospital at http://www.hrrh.on.ca/
and the LHIN at http://www.lhins.on.ca/FindYourLHIN.asp
Learn more about Ontario's Wait Time Strategy.
SOURCE Humber River Regional Hospital
For further information:
|Neala Barton, Minister's Office, 416-327-4388 |
Andrew Morrison, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care,
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