Province Spending $120M to Upgrade Medical Equipment

By Sarah Klein

Health Minister Theresa Oswald announces a $120 million investment for new and upgraded medical equipment on Monday, October 24, 2011 in the lobby of the Grace Hospital. (CHRISD.CA)

The Manitoba government committed $120 million Monday for new and upgraded medical equipment, which in turn will work to reduce patient wait times.

The four-year investment will outfit various medical facilities throughout the province with MRIs, including at the Grace, Selkirk and Dauphin hospitals.

“By adding new equipment and replacing older, less-efficient machines with modern, specialized technology, doctors and health professionals will be able to provide more timely and accurate diagnostic services and treatment to patients across our province,” Health Minister Theresa Oswald said during a news conference.

Other upgrades include a new cardiac CT scanner at the St. Boniface Hospital, ultrasound scanners at Portage la Prairie’s hospital, plus two at the Health Sciences Centre and one at the Children’s Hospital.

Seven Oaks Hospital, Victoria General Hospital, Deer Lodge Centre and the radiology suites in Melita will also see upgrades.