Whitehorse, Yukon – The Yukon Hospital Foundation will launch the 2011 Northwestel Festival of Trees this evening with the Capstone Mining Corp. BAH Humbug Cocktail Party at the Yukon Government Main Administration Building.
The evening will be set amongst 16 glittering trees – sponsored and decorated by community organizations and downtown businesses – and will mark the opening of the 10-day festival that raises funds and awareness for the purchase of a Magnetic Resonance Imaging – or MRI Scanner – for Whitehorse General Hospital.
“Thanks to the Northwestel Festival of Trees and the year-round support of all our incredible donors, partners and volunteers, we are halfway to our goal to purchase this state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment for our hospital,” said Yukon Hospital Foundation Chair Darrell Stone.
One year into its three-year fundraising campaign, the Yukon Hospital Foundation has raised $1 million towards its $2 million goal to purchase the MRI.
The benefits of an MRI to patients and medical staff are enormous and include significantly reduced wait times, a reduction in the costs and stress associated with patients traveling outside for this diagnostic test and increased opportunities for the recruitment of medical and support staff.
At present, approximately 500 Yukon patients are sent out to southern urban centres each year for an MRI scan and face an average wait time of six months for a non- critical MRI that with this purchase, will be reduced to a matter of weeks.
“The Yukon Hospital Foundation is proud to work with Northwestel and all our community partners on this groundbreaking MRI Campaign,” continued Stone. “At the conclusion of this campaign, the Yukon will be the only Canadian jurisdiction north of 60 with an MRI Scanner providing Yukon residents with the very best health care possible – right here close to home.”
The Capstone Mining Corp. BAH Humbug Cocktail Party will begin at 5:30 pm tonight and the Northwestel Festival of Trees will run through until November 26.
For event details, please visit http://www.yhf.ca or contact:
Yukon Hospital Foundation 867.334.4770