More than $1.6 Million Raised for MRI Campaign
October 26, 2012 (Whitehorse, Yukon) – The Yukon Hospital Foundation (YHF) is in the final stages of its MRI Campaign, with less than $400,000 in funds needed to buy a Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine for the Whitehorse General Hospital.
Now in the second year of its three-year fundraising campaign, YHF has raised $1.65 million to date, and hopes to hit their $2 million target by the New Year.
“The community support throughout this campaign has been overwhelming,” said Krista Prochazka, President of the Yukon Hospital Foundation. “Thanks to many generous local businesses, and donations from thousands of residents, we are so close to reaching our goal. We’re in the final stages of making an MRI in Whitehorse a reality.”
Whitehorse General Hospital will be the only Canadian facility north of 60 with an MRI machine. At present, over 500 Yukon residents are sent outside the territory each year to southern urban centres for MRI scans.
An MRI here would see wait times for Yukon residents requiring a non-critical scan reduced from an average of six months to a matter of weeks.
“An MRI machine will provide significant benefits for the residents of Whitehorse, hospital staff, and of course our many patients,” said Curtis Shaw, Chair of the YHF. “It will reduce the stress associated with traveling outside the territory for patients and their families, and reduce travel costs for the Yukon Government. It will also allow for increased opportunities in the recruitment and retention of medical staff, as well as visiting specialists.”
In order to reach the $2 million goal, the Yukon Hospital Foundation is asking all Yukoners to “Help Us Complete the Picture.”
“You can help in several ways,” says Prochazka “You can make a donation as part of the annual mail-out campaign, make a donation through the YHF website (http://www.yhf.ca), or donate on the YHF Facebook page. Of course you can also join us for this year’s Northwestel Festival of Trees, which kicks off November 22nd.”
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