A new, upgraded MRI is officially in use at the North Bay Regional Health Centre (NBRHC).
This after a ribbon cutting was held Wednesday (Dec 15).
Steve Touliopoulos, Manager, Diagnostic Imaging, says the MRI machine has actually been up and running for a few weeks and is ready to ramp up its service.
“The first couple of weeks of operation, we were scanning patients and ensuring that it was calibrated and producing the highest quality images,” he says.
Paul Heinrich, NBRHC President and CEO, says the $1.7 million project started in late August and is funded by the community.
“Healthcare is a partnership with our government and our community,” Heinrich says. “We are grateful for the support of all of the donors who have contributed to this project.”
Tammy Morison, NBRHC Foundation President and CEO says $850,000 has been raised so far and the NBRHC Foundation will continue to secure community support to offset as much of the capital expense as possible.
“So many large gifts and small gifts come together and have an enormous impact on the healthcare available for our community, close to home,” she says.
Each year, thousands of patients are provided with MRI scans at NBRHC, with referrals also coming from beyond their catchment area, including Moose Factory.