New Brunswick to acquire four new MRI scanners
N.B. - The government of New Brunswick is investing in four new magnetic
resonance imaging (MRI) scanners to be used at hospitals in Moncton,
Edmundston, Bathurst and Saint John. The replacement of two older
scanners and the addition of two new units represents one of the largest
single purchases of diagnostic equipment in the province’s history.
The announcement was made by Premier Shawn Graham, in Moncton, Health
Minister Mary Schryer, in Saint John, Minister of State for Seniors
Brian Kenny, in Bathurst, and Donald Arseneault, Post-Secondary
Education, Training and Labour minister and minister responsible for the
Northern New Brunswick Initiative, in Edmundston.
“This multi-million dollar announcement represents an historic
investment in medical equipment that will benefit all regions of the
province, and it will build the high quality health and senior care
systems we need to become a self-sufficient New Brunswick,” said Graham.
(Photo: From left: Supply and Services Minister Ed Doherty; Health
Minister Mary Schryer; and Dr. John Whalen, clinical department head of
diagnostic imaging, Saint John Regional Hospital.)
To maximize cost savings, a single Request for Proposal (RFP) will be
issued for the new MRIs this month; the new scanners should be in place
by March 2011, according to the New Brunswick government.
The Edmundston Regional Hospital and the Chaleur Regional Hospital in
Bathurst, currently served by mobile units, will receive new permanent
units. The new scanners at the Moncton Hospital and at the Saint John
Regional Hospital will replace existing machines. Schryer said the
equipment will benefit patients and support the efforts of physicians to
deliver high-quality care.
“Access to diagnostic imaging equipment is vital for the timely
diagnosis and treatment of patients,” said Schryer. “By proceeding with
a single RFP to purchase new equipment, we hope to maximize cost savings
and take advantage of opportunities made possible by the new regional
health authority structure.”
Stéphane Legacy, vice-president of professional and diagnostic services
for Regional Health Authority A, said the new fixed MRIs at the
Edmundston and Bathurst hospitals will ensure access for area residents.
“These fixed units will enable us to reduce the wait time for patients
while offering physicians a state-of-the-art diagnostic tool,” said
Legacy. “In addition, this equipment will greatly enhance our chances of
recruiting and retaining specialized MRI technologists.”
Donald J. Peters, president and CEO of the Horizon Health Network, said
the new MRI units for Moncton and Saint John will replace aging units
and modernize equipment required for timely diagnosis of patients.
”We are very pleased with this announcement which highlights the
provincial governments’ strong commitment to ensuring quality patient
care,” said Peters. “The Diagnostic Imaging Departments at the Moncton
and Saint John Regional Hospitals are two of the busiest in the
province. This updated equipment will ensure our patients have access to
up-to-date diagnostic and treatment tools when they visit our
Published February 11,2010