By Sarah Klein
WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is spending $30 million on new health care equipment across the province.
Health Minister Sharon Blady says the equipment will give health care providers additional tools to treat patients as soon as possible.
The funding includes $3.4 million to purchase and install a replacement magnetic resonance imager (MRI) at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg. Additional MRI scanners at the Grace Hospital, as well as in Dauphin and Selkirk are in the works.
Other investments will include:
• $1.5 million to purchase and install new digital x-ray suites at the Seven Oaks General Hospital and the Grace General Hospital in Winnipeg;
• $2 million to purchase and install specialized equipment at CancerCare Manitoba that will allow for more targeted radiation treatments for breast, ovarian, cervical and other cancers including a CT simulator that when not in use for treating gynecological cancers, will be used for other patients with complex care needs;
• $670,000 for upgrades including equipment to disinfect medical devices used in endoscopy procedures at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre;
• $400,000 for a new workstation and software at St. Boniface General Hospital for Holter analysis, which is part of electrocardiogram monitoring; and
• $291,000 for equipment upgrades for electrocardiogram monitoring at the Brandon Regional Health Centre.