MRI Technology Will Improve Care Close to Home
St. Joseph’s Health Centre – known as one of the busiest MRI centres in the city– has received a big technology boost from Myron and Berna Garron. The $10 million gift will help St. Joe’s increase the number of MRIs it performs each year and help decrease stressful wait times for our west-end community.
This gift is the latest donation by the Garron Family, who have also supported care in East Toronto. Their transformational gift will replace the Health Centre’s current MRI, as well as add a second machine to be housed in the Garron Family Centre of Excellence in MRI.
“St. Joseph’s is the heart of health care in the west-end and is vital to helping serve and support this vibrant community’s diverse needs,” said Victor G. Dodig, President and CEO, CIBC and co-chair of the hospital foundation’s Promise Campaign. “As the community grows, St. Joe’s will continue to provide residents with the care they need, and the generous contributions of Myron and Berna Garron will help improve care for those who call the west-end home.”
St. Joe’s currently has one MRI running 24 hours a day, seven days a week, doing about 15,000 scans every year. Myron Garron says he was impressed by how efficiently St. Joe’s is in performing MRIs and wanted to support their growth. “This donation is to emphasize the importance of community hospitals that are sometimes overlooked, and need new equipment to reflect technological advancements in medicine,” he says. “We have made it one of our missions to support imaging of all sorts at hospitals in the GTA.”
A Continued Commitment to Community Care
This is the Garron family’s second gift to St. Joe’s. The first donation is being used to build a second mammography suite in The Geoffrey H. Wood Centre Foundation of Excellence in Breast Cancer Screening and Treatment, which is now under construction.
In their honour, the Our Lady of Mercy Wing will be renamed the Garron Family Our Lady of Mercy Wing.
Roman Dubczak, Chair of the Foundation Board of Directors, says the Garron family’s gift is significant because it’s common for patients to have to wait two to three months for an MRI test. “The Garron family is helping increase capacity at St. Joe’s – in time, twice as many patients can receive MRI exams at St. Joe’s,” he says. “This generous gift will help our neighbours get the very best care – and close to home.”
New technology and upgrading equipment, both large and small, are always in constant need at a busy health centre like St. Joe’s. You can help purchase new imaging technology or equipment to help improve patient care. Donate here, call us at 416-530-6704 or drop in to see us to make a gift today.