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New MRI Means Faster Diagnosis And Treatment For Patients

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New MRI Means Faster Diagnosis And Treatment For Patients

Premier McGuinty Helps Open New MRI At Windsor Regional Hospital

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A new Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine at the Windsor Regional Hospital means more people in the Windsor area will be diagnosed faster and receive treatment sooner, announced Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.

"Windsor's new MRI machine will help more Ontarians get the care they need, when they need it," said Premier McGuinty. "We're proud to support this new MRI as part of our government's plan to improve health care for Ontario families by speeding up access to key medical services."

Premier McGuinty joined health care professionals, volunteers and community members for the official launch of the new MRI at the Windsor Regional Hospital.

The residents of Windsor and Essex County raised more than $3.9 million to support this project. The new MRI is the first at the Windsor Regional Hospital and the second in the Windsor community. It will speed up access to care for patients by providing over 4,000 exams annually. The government is providing annual funding to operate the MRI.

With this opening, the government takes another step toward fulfilling its commitment to open nine new or expanded MRI sites across Ontario. Seven communities -- Windsor, Ottawa, Owen Sound, Oakville, Niagara Falls, Markham and Richmond Hill -- now have new or expanded services. By 2007, a new MRI service will be operating in Orillia.

"We congratulate Windsor and Essex County residents for their help in making this project a reality," said Windsor-St. Clair MPP Dwight Duncan. "We're working together to make sure residents are diagnosed as soon as possible and that they get the quick attention and care they need."

"I couldn't be more thrilled that the community reached its fundraising goal," said Windsor West MPP Sandra Pupatello. "This is an investment that will improve access and make a real difference to people in our community."

"Our government has taken this step to reduce waiting times for MRIs for residents in this area," said Minister of Health and Long-Term Care George Smitherman. "This investment is ensuring that people have better access to procedures that are going to improve and, in some cases, possibly save their lives."

"The cooperative effort between the McGuinty government and local benefactors has made it possible for Windsor Regional Hospital to join with Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital in providing exceptional MRI services, specializing in cancer & neurosciences respectively, for our community" said Dr. Martin Girash, President & CEO, Windsor Regional Hospital.

"Through this partnership between the Ontario Government, which is providing substantial, ongoing operating funds, and the Windsor-Essex County community, which has raised the $3.9 million capital cost for the MRI equipment and facility, cancer patients will see improved diagnosis and shorter wait times for treatment," said Norma Brockenshire, President of the Windsor and Essex County Cancer Centre Foundation.

Providing faster access to health care is just one of the ways the McGuinty government is working on the side of Ontario families who want the best health care. Other initiatives include:

  • Investing more than $142 million to ensure hospital emergency rooms stay open and build capacity in the health care system through supporting community-based health services
  • Creating 150 Family Health Teams to improve access to doctors, nurses and other health care professionals across the province
  • Investing more than $5 billion in health care projects over five years, including more than 100 hospital projects as part of the ReNew Ontario infrastructure investment plan.

"We're taking action on our plan to improve health care for families and we're seeing real results," said Premier McGuinty. "By continuing to strengthen the health of our people, we will ensure Ontario is the place to be for years to come."

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