The Scarborough Hospital Foundation celebrated the success of its “Look Inside Yourself” MRI campaign with a special event today at the hospital’s Birchmount campus.
The campaign to purchase a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine launched in January 2012 and, thanks to the generosity of Scarborough residents, the Foundation was successful in reaching its $5 million goal.
The new MRI enhances the quality of care The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) provides to its patients and it gives medical staff the ability to zero in on what’s causing a patient’s problem. Since its installation in October 2011, wait times, on average, have been reduced by more than half.
“Prior to the opening of the MRI at Birchmount, our average wait time was more than 100 days. Today, it is about 40 days, which means our patients are getting faster access to a vital diagnostic tool,” says Tom Jackson, Patient Care Director of Diagnostic Imaging.
In addition to improved wait times, the introduction of the new unit has allowed TSH to use its resources more efficiently. In previous years, more than 225 inpatients were being transferred from the Birchmount campus to the General campus for a scan, which required a nurse to accompany the patient.
Foundation Board member and Campaign Chair John Bankes thanked everyone for their support in making these improvements possible.
“Our campaign to bring an MRI to the Birchmount campus would not have been successful without the incredible support of our community, as well as hospital staff, physicians and volunteers,” he said. “Thank you to everyone who helped make today possible.”
Klaus Nienkämper, who owns Nienkämper Furniture and Accessories Inc. in Scarborough, was one of the supporters of the MRI campaign.
“Hospitals are an important part of any community and as a Scarborough business, we wanted to do what we could to help build a strong hospital for our employees, our customers and everyone in the community,” he said.
The campaign wrap‐up coincided with the celebration of the upcoming Chinese New Year. To mark the occasion, representatives from the Wayland Li Martial Arts Centre performed a martial arts demonstration and violinist Holly Cheng performed.
The community was present to mark the success, including members of the Community Advisory Council and local dignitaries Scarborough‐Rouge River MPP Bas Balkissoon, Pickering‐Scarborough East MPP Tracy MacCharles and Scarborough‐Agincourt MP Jim Karygiannis. Several local business owners and representatives from community partners, including the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and the Sri Varasiththi Vinaayagar Hindu Temple, were also on hand to celebrate the achievement.
The $5 million raised through community donations went towards the purchase of the MRI machine itself. Operating costs for the machine are paid for by the Ministry of Health and Long‐Term Care.