CMH gets big donation for new MRI machine

The Lyle S. Hallman Foundation has gifted a $1-million donation towards Cambridge Memorial Hospital’s new MRI machine. This brings the campaign for the new MRI about 90 per cent closer to their goal of $5-million.

The hopes are it will replace the current 12-year-old MRI machine that the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation contributed to back in 2012.

Cambridge Memorial Hospital foundation’s campaign aims to raise funds for the new MRI as well as costs associated with renovating space for it.

The hospital opened a new Diagnostic Imaging (DI) department during the summer. It will be the home for the new MRI machine once it is delivered.

In a media release, the foundation said they are expecting the new MRI machine to be fully installed by the end of 2025.

“We sincerely appreciate the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation’s generous investment for keeping vital MRI services close to home while maintaining our strong diagnostic capabilities,” said the CEO of Cambridge Memorial Hospital, Patrick Gaskin in the release.

The new state-of-the-art MRI was apparently the inspiration behind expanding and renovating the hospital’s DI program.

That department has now increased to 90 staff that includes radiologists and technologists, that all support outpatient, inpatient and emergency patient needs.

“It was clear to the Granting Committee members how important a new MRI is to allow them to continue to provide modern diagnostic services for patient care. Diagnostics are fundamental for delivering healthcare and from what we’ve seen, CMH should be proud of how their program and expertise has expanded over the years and how a new MRI will complement them,” said Rob Donelson, interim executive director of the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation in the release.

Last year CMH performed over 11,000 MRIs.

100 per cent of the equipment and technology at CMH is funded by community donations.

The Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation raises funding for hospital equipment and seeks out support from donors, like the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation.

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