Yukon breaks ground on the first MRI in northern Canada


WHITEHORSE— In a significant milestone for health care services in Yukon, ground was broken today on a new facility at Whitehorse General Hospital to house Canada’s first magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) program north of 60.

Yukon Hospital Foundation Board of Directors Chair, Curtis Shaw, was joined by Yukon Hospital Corporation Board of Trustees Chair, Craig Tuton, at a special ceremony in the courtyard of the hospital, which will be the home of the MRI program.

The ground breaking is a special moment for Yukoners and the entire hospital team, Tuton noted. “We are excited to be able to offer an important, new diagnostic service to provide safe, excellent care,” he said. “We will have state-of-the-art technology available, so we can do more testing here in the territory, while also having a new, modern and comfortable environment in which to create a more positive experience for patients.”

Government of Yukon contributed $2.8 million to cover the cost of building the new facility. As well, government will provide funding for the Yukon Hospital Corporation to operate and maintain the MRI.

“Bringing the first MRI machine to northern Canada and providing a location to operate it has really been a group effort,” Premier Darrell Pasloski said. “It could not have happened without the joint efforts and determination of the Yukon Hospital Corporation, the Yukon government and the incredible generosity of Yukoners and local businesses.”

The Yukon Hospital Foundation spearheaded a successful campaign that raised $2 million for the purchase of the MRI scanner a year ahead of schedule. The Yukon Government also matched these equipment funds.

“Congratulations, and thank you, to all Yukoners for helping to make this new MRI program at Whitehorse General Hospital a reality,” Shaw said. “We are so appreciative of your support and generosity. Together, we are helping to bring the very best health care right here, close to home.”

Construction on facility is scheduled to start immediately, with the MRI expected to be in operation by late 2014.

To watch footage from this exciting day, please click here.

James Low
Yukon Hospital Corporation
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Krista Prochazka
Yukon Hospital Foundation
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