Mississauga/West Toronto (August 2, 2012) – Donors, staff, physicians, volunteers and community supporters gathered on the roof of the parking garage to get a bird’s eye view of a new 10,000 lb. magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine as it was lifted and delivered by a large crane through the rooftop of The Credit Valley Hospital and Trillium Health Centre’s Mississauga site today.
Thanks to more than 6,000 generous gifts from community members and hospital staff who believed in the project, the new, state-of-the-art MRI machine is installed and will be up and running this fall.
In 1997, the Trillium – Mississauga site was one of the first community hospitals in Canada to use an MRI system, but the original unit needed to be replaced. Inspired to respond to the increasing need for advanced diagnostic imaging services, donors in the community joined forces with Trillium Health Centre Foundation to support the $5 million project to purchase a new MRI machine for our community.
“This new MRI machine is a great example of teamwork. The hospital and the Foundation worked very hard to bring this new MRI to our community, identifying the need and working with the community to raise funds to fulfill that need,” said Peter Willson, Chair, Trillium Health Centre Foundation Board of Directors. “With 6,000 gifts totaling $5 million, our community responded with impressive enthusiasm and we are incredibly grateful for their relentless commitment to the health care of our community.”
The new machine will increase access to advanced cardiac scans and increase efficiency by reducing the procedure time for many types of scans. The patient experience will be enhanced, as the larger width and shorter depth of the magnet’s bore is less claustrophobic and more accommodating for larger patients.
“Our patients will benefit in many ways from this new MRI. Their doctors will be able to diagnose illnesses and injuries more accurately because of the advanced technology. The patients’ experience during the scans will also be more comfortable,” said Patti Cochrane, Vice-President of Patient Services, Quality and Practice, Chief Nursing Executive, Trillium site, The Credit Valley Hospital and Trillium Health Centre. “This machine is more spacious inside, quieter, quicker, and the redesigned waiting and change room areas offer more privacy before and after procedures. Everyone at our hospital deeply appreciates the community support that made this day possible.”
MRI is the diagnostic method of choice for patients with neurological and neurosurgical disorders, cardiovascular diseases, and degenerative disorders including Alzheimer’s and stroke, as well as trauma, tumours, and musculoskeletal disorders of the soft tissue and ligaments.
This new MRI will bring the safest, most accurate and timely diagnoses to patients across our region. Its increased capacity for advanced scans will help specialists across the hospital – in services including the emergency department, neurosciences, orthopaedics, cardiovascular surgery, urology, gynaecology and gynaecologic oncology, oncology and general surgery – to confirm diagnoses for a number of highly complex conditions.
“MRI is non-invasive and safer than other diagnostic tools. This new machine will enable us to be more accurate in detecting life-threatening disease,” said Dr. William Magnuson, Radiologist-in-Chief, Trillium site, The Credit Valley Hospital and Trillium Health Centre. “We will be able to better help with pre-operative staging of rectal cancers and pelvic evaluations for ovarian and uterine cancers, for example, as well as diagnosis of malignancies, including liver tumours, and cardiovascular disease. We very excited about what this new machine means for our hospital, our patients, and our community.”
About Trillium Health Centre Foundation and the Giving 110% Campaign
Trillium Health Centre Foundation inspires the community to invest in essential priorities at Trillium Health Centre’s Mississauga and West Toronto sites. Giving 110%, the largest campaign in Trillium Health Centre Foundation history, is inspired by hospital staff, physicians, donors and volunteers who go above and beyond to provide quality health care. Community support will help the Foundation raise its goal of $110 million for patient care spaces, equipment, technology, research and education at Trillium. For more information, visit www.trilliumgiving.ca.
About The Credit Valley Hospital and Trillium Health Centre
The Credit Valley Hospital and Trillium Health Centre is a newly merged hospital serving Mississauga, West Toronto and the surrounding communities. It is one of Ontario’s largest community-based academic health networks and has a teaching affiliation with the Mississauga Academy of Medicine at the University of Toronto Mississauga. For more information, see www.cvh.on.ca / www.trilliumhealthcentre.org.
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(From left) Peter Willson, Chair, Trillium Health Centre Foundation Board, Patti Cochrane, VP of Patient Services, Quality and Practice, Trillium sites, and Dr. William Magnuson, Radiologist-in-Chief at the Trillium sites, get a bird's eye view of the new 10,000 lb. MRI machine as it is delivered.
A large crane lifts and delivers the new 10,000 lb. MRI machine – made possible by 6,000 gifts from the community totaling $5 million – through the rooftop of the Mississauga site of The Credit Valley Hospital and Trillium Health Centre.