Foundation Responds to Need to Purchase Breast MRI for Western Nova Scotia

On Monday, November 17th, the Honourable Chris d’Entremont, Minister of Health, announced that the Yarmouth Regional Hospital will expand its magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) service by adding breast MRI capabilities.

“The addition of breast MRI is part of the government’s plan to  reduce wait times by expanding diagnostic service in rural Nova Scotia, said Mr. d’Entremont”   (SAMPLE QUOTE.  WILL BE REPLACED WITH ACTUAL QUOTE FROM DOH RELEASE)

The Yarmouth Hospital Foundation views the recent announcement of breast (MRI) service at our Regional Health Center as a significant advancement in screening and early detection of breast cancer in Southwest Nova Scotia.

“I’m very excited about what this new piece of equipment will do for reducing wait times and travel times for those requiring tests for breast cancer. I would like to sincerely thank all our donors along with Honourable Chris d’Entremont, Minister of Health and Honourable Richard Hurlburt MLA for Yarmouth for believing in this project” said Mark Muise, Chair of the Yarmouth Hospital Foundation.

The ability to offer a breast MRI service in western Nova Scotia is a unique situation in that the Yarmouth Hospital Foundation responded to the needs of the community by paying for 100% of the cost of the breast MRI.

Through the generosity and rapid response of its donors the Foundation exceeded its fundraising target of $750,000 as its share (25%) of the overall cost of the MRI in 2005.  The excess, approximately $350,000, was set aside to enhance MRI service at a later date.  That date has arrived.

For many years the Yarmouth Regional Hospital has been the designated site in southwestern Nova Scotia for breast screening.  The breast screen van covers a territory that extends from Kentville to Bridgewater.  According to Dr. William Paulick, Chief of Imaging, “The sheer volume of breast screening creates a fairly large secondary diagnostic follow up, roughly 8% of all screened patients.  The ability to conduct an in-depth follow-up at our Regional Health Center using breast MRI is a significant advancement in health care.”

Contacts:

Mark Muise, Board Chair

Paulette Sweeney-Goodwin,
YHF  Managing Director                      749-1669         psweeney@swndha.nshealth.ca

Fraser Mooney
Director of Communications, SWH