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.
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.
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.
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.
– Lisa Davies,
Georgian Bay General Hospital
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.