CURRENT
NEEDS

Equipment & Technology

Equipment saves lives.
YOU make it possible.

If a child arrives in our Emergency Department and they can’t breathe, we need to be prepared. If a father comes in with chest pains, we must have the right equipment, to diagnose and care for him, when every second counts. And if you or a loved one come to Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) in need of care, it is critical that we have the latest technology to find the answers you need.
MRII machine

Equipment saves lives.
YOU make it possible.

If a child arrives in our Emergency Department and they can’t breathe, we need to be prepared.

If a father comes in with chest pains, we must have the right equipment, to diagnose and care for him, when every second counts.

And if you or a loved one come to Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) in need of care, it is critical that we have the latest technology to find the answers you need.

Right now, GBGH is caring for more patients than ever, and they are sicker, with more complex health care needs, than ever before. Our staff is doing everything they can, but the rapid population growth in our area has resulted in longer wait times for patients and our staff often has to borrow and share equipment between departments to meet the most urgent needs.

9%

NORTH SIMCOE POPULATION
INCREASE SINCE 2016

Government funding is not enough. We need you to help transform care today.

To meet our ongoing yearly capital equipment and other priority needs, we’ve created the IMPACT FUND. By supporting this crucial fund, you can help enhance patient care, adopt new technologies and ensure your hospital’s most pressing needs are met.

This year alone we must raise a minimum of $1.1-million for this fund – a goal that can only be met with the continued support of our dedicated community. A community that has always stood by us and empowered our hospital to deliver exceptional care.

Your donation today will help ensure that GBGH has the latest technologies and equipment needed to provide leading edge care for every patient who needs us.

Hermatology Lab Analyzer Machine

Hematology
Lab Analyzer

$285,745

Microscope

Microscope

$7,523

Ultrasound probes being used on a patient

Ultrasound
Probes/Table

$55,752

Patient lying down while a bladder scan is being done

Bladder
Scanner

$18,049

AA patient in a hospital bed with ECG Machines hooked up beside them

ECG (3) Machines
& iECG Software

$123,214

Close up of a working Cardiac Monitor

Cardiac Monitors

$600,000

Patient in a hospital bathtub with a nurse attending

Patient Bathtub

$43,700

Close-up of a microfilm and microfiche printer & scanner machine

Microfilm / Microfiche Printer / Scanner

$13,937 

Case for support document on a table open to a section

The Right Equipment
Saves Lives.

Read our Equipment Case For Support and learn how you can empower exceptional health care at GBGH by investing in Equipment and Priority Needs today.

YOU make our exceptional care possible.
And we need YOU today.

Woman in a MRI machine

URGENT UPCOMING NEED:

MRI Machine • $4 Million

What It Does: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a medical imaging technique that uses a magnetic field and computer-generated radio waves to create detailed images of organs and tissues in the body. This provides better clarity of specific body parts compared to x-ray or CT technology.

How it Helps Patients: An MRI can be ordered for many reasons. For a high-risk cancer patient screening. If a patient comes in with a brain or spinal cord injury. If a patient has experienced a seizure, a brain bleed, or for a variety of chronic illnesses and undiagnosed conditions. It is a critical diagnostic tool, and last year alone 4,000 patients from our community had to travel to Barrie or Orillia (more than 40km away) and often wait months to receive an MRI.

Why We Need It: GBGH is the largest acute care facility in the province without an operating or announced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine. Ontario Health is looking to place an additional 14 machines in Ontario, but ONLY if the community is able to fund the capital investment costs. By investing in MRI technology, you can help bring access to care closer to home for thousands of people every year, locally reduce wait times (in our community and at neighbouring hospitals), and ensure your hospital has the latest technology to improve and save lives.

“Sometimes we’ll have a patient come in with a non-critical head injury or a suspected brain bleed and when we send them for the CT scan, the report will come back saying we need further imaging from an MRI. Waitlists for an outpatient MRI are many months long. By bringing an MRI to GBGH we could vastly reduce wait times in our region and be a direct benefit to patients both in-hospital and within our community.”

– Lisa Davies,
ED Nurse,
Georgian Bay General Hospital

How long do you have to wait for an MRI in our region?

In Simcoe County North, depending on the priority level, you can wait up to 117 days on average vs the Ontario provincial average of 68 days (as of July 2022). That’s 49 days longer. Overall MRI wait times are only being met 37% of the time at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre and 22% of the time at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital, compared to the Ontario provincial average of 42%. What this means is that a new MRI at GBGH will decrease wait times for the whole region and greatly enhance the level of care in our community.

Chart of wait times: Ontario Average (42%) RVH (37%) Soldier's Memorial (22%) Patients scanned within target time

YOU make our exceptional care possible.
And we need YOU today.