By David Klassen
The Dauphin Regional Health Centre will see the addition of new medical equipment next year after an infrastructure upgrade was announced by the province on Saturday.
The Manitoba government is outfitting the centre with a new MRI machine, and an expanded and modernized emergency department.
The new MRI is anticipated to perform over 1,500 scans per year, reducing wait times and avoiding lengthy return trips to Brandon, Morden/Winkler or Winnipeg for testing.
The new 15,000-square-foot ER will be able to accommodate more than 12,000 patients per year, and design work is nearly complete.
Construction on the new MRI facility should take approximately one year to complete, while construction on the new emergency department will take about three years. Both projects will begin in 2014.