MRI campaign enjoys quick start thanks to Women’s Auxiliary

YARMOUTH (MARCH 21, 2005) – The launch of the MRI campaign began with a healthy injection of cash thanks to a $250,000 donation from the Yarmouth Regional Hospital’s biggest supporter.

“The Women’s Auxiliary has once again shown its leadership in supporting healthcare in our area by stepping up as our lead donor to launch the MRI campaign,” says Yarmouth Hospital Foundation chair David Arenburg.

The Women’s Auxiliary of the Yarmouth Regional Hospital came forward with one-third of the $750,000 to be raised locally to bring the MRI to the hospital.

“Their support of our hospital is legendary, having raised over $3 million for the hospital since their formation in 1907,” says campaign fundraising chair Mark Muise.

“The Women’s Auxiliary of Yarmouth Hospital is not only pleased but proud that through our work we have been able to raise this much money to start the campaign to purchase an MRI for the Yarmouth Hospital,” says Ann Robicheau, Women’s Auxiliary president.

Through its volunteer work and commitments, the auxiliary has a long history of contributions to the hospital including raising $1 million for the redevelopment of the hospital in the 1990s.

“It’s a fact that the Yarmouth Regional Hospital facility would not be what it is today without the Women’s Auxiliary,” says Mr. Arenburg.

“In addition to supporting the MRI,” says Ms. Robicheau; “we will be very active during the coming months to make our annual Hullabaloo successful as we will be purchasing other items for the hospital.”

Last December, the province announced Yarmouth Regional Hospital would be one of four sites to receive a new Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine. The funding for the equipment will be divided 75/25 between the government and the community.

The campaign is enjoying a quick start with over $300,000 raised already, says Mr. Muise.

The arrival of an MRI marks a huge step forward in health care in Southwest Nova Scotia.

“This is an important piece of equipment,” says Mr. Arenburg. “The arrival of an MRI will assist every citizen of Southwest Nova Scotia. It will eliminate the need to travel to Halifax and reduce wait times.”

An MRI will also help the area retain and attract health care professionals, he adds.

Dr. William Paulick, chief of radiology at the hospital, was part of the team that helped convince the province to locate an MRI here.

“The main reason for magnetic resonance imaging is that it provides a diagnosis in many cases where there is no substitute,” Dr. Paulick explains.

An MRI is non-invasive, painless and safe procedure, he says. It can help diagnose medical conditions that are difficult to detect such as Multiple Sclerosis, slipped disks and disk, shoulder and knee problems, he says.

The images captured by an MRI become part of the Picture Archiving and Communications System. Once in the system, the information can easily be shared with other healthcare professionals across the province.

“This adds significant diagnostic support to our doctors,” he says.