Release: BMO Makes $100,000 Gift to Dartmouth General Hospital in Support of First-ever MRI

For Immediate Release – November 27, 2023

BMO Makes $100,000 Gift to Dartmouth General Hospital in Support of First-ever MRI
MRI Machine with Orthopedic Package will Provide Crucial and Timely Diagnostic Imaging for Patients in HRM

Left to Right: Al MacPhee, Marc Champoux, Mark Smith, Karla McCarthy, Stephen Harding.

Dartmouth, NS – November 28, 2023 – Today, as part of Giving Tuesday, the Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation celebrated a gift from BMO for $100,000 in support of its new 1.5T MRI Machine, which will be housed in a newly renovated 1,100 square foot space in the Diagnostic Imaging department of the hospital. The state-of-the-art machine will significantly increase capacity and improve access for MRI patients in the Central Zone.

DGH’s first-ever MRI is entirely donor funded – an incredible demonstration of support from the community. Today’s $100,000 gift from BMO is part of Dartmouth General’s ‘Lead On’ Campaign focused on driving patient-centred innovation. BMO joins other leading donors including the Calder Family, the J & W Murphy Foundation, MICCO, and Joseph and Violet Diab, who were the first donors to the new MRI unit.

MRI scans are non-invasive medical imaging tests that produce detailed images of almost every internal structure in the human body, including the organs, bones, muscles and blood vessels. Dartmouth General’s new MRI will be equipped with a special orthopedics package to support the work of The Fred Smithers Centre for Orthopedic Care. It is also a “wide bore” machine, with a 70cm opening versus a standard machine with a 60cm opening, making for a more comfortable patient experience.

The addition of this MRI in the Central Zone will reduce the need for patients to travel to other zones for their scans, which will make accessing care much easier for people. Construction of the new suite is underway, and the MRI unit will be lowered into the building through an opening in the roof before the end of the year. First scans are estimated for spring 2024.

“BMO’s donation to Dartmouth General will help enhance the care and treatment patients will receive. Aligned with our Purpose, to Boldly Grow the Good in business and life, BMO is very proud to play a role in bringing this important medical technology to Nova Scotians to improve the quality of healthcare in Atlantic Canada.” – Karla McCarthy, Head, BMO Commercial Bank, Atlantic Region

“With state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging, we will be able to assess patients that much faster which will lead to reduced wait times and in many cases, an earlier diagnosis. This new MRI unit will have broad reaching positive outcomes for Nova Scotians.” -Dr. Carla Pittman, Dartmouth General Hospital

“We applaud BMO as a community pillar and playing a key role in bringing this MRI technology to patients. This is truly a transformational project for our hospital and will have a lasting impact for patients in Central Zone and beyond.”
-Stephen Harding, President & CEO, DGH Foundation

About Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation:
The Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation’s (DGH Foundation) sole mission is to support innovation and exceptional care at the Dartmouth General by connecting with those who believe in the Dartmouth General and the communities it serves.
Since its inception, the DGH Foundation has invested over $50 million in new equipment, facilities, and programs at Dartmouth General. Generous donors to the recent Above and Beyond campaign supported Dartmouth General’s recent expansion by helping the DGH Foundation raise more than $13 million, leveraging $137 million provided by the provincial government.
DGH Foundation’s current campaign, Lead On, is focused on priority areas that will positively impact patient care at Dartmouth General. They include purchasing Dartmouth General’s first MRI unit, enhancing the emergency department, acquiring high-priority equipment, further developing the Fred Smithers Orthopedic Centre of Care, advancing health equity for our communities, and infrastructure changes that will improve the overall patient experience.
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