Equitable Life of Canada donates $4.6 million to support health care in Waterloo Region

Grand River Hospital Foundation is honoured to announce a gift from Equitable Life of Canada for a total of $4.6 million. The donation will support two important health campaigns:

  • $4.5 million to purchase a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner for Grand River Hospital; and
  • $100,000 towards Region Ready which helps Waterloo Region’s hospitals respond to COVID-19.

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Equitable Life of Canada 100

A gift to medical imaging is a gift for the entire community

The existing MRI scanner was installed in 2003 and has surpassed its lifespan. The design and technology of the new MRI scanner will be more sustainable for the hospital, will provide higher quality scans for our health care team and will offer a more comfortable experience for patients.

“The medical imaging team is incredibly grateful for Equitable’s donation. Medical imaging plays an important role in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. With state-of-the-art technology and design that a new MRI scanner brings, we can continue to provide the exceptional care that this community deserves. Thank you for making our dream a reality.”

Dr. Derek Karanwal
Joint Chief and Medical Director of Medical Imaging, Grand River Hospital and St. Mary's General Hospital

What is MRI?

MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) uses a powerful magnet and radio frequency waves in combination with a computer to create a scan. These scans produce detailed images of internal structures, soft tissues and organs. It is a non-invasive procedure that does not require the use of radiation.

MRI scans help health care teams diagnose an injury or disease and develop treatment plans.

Grand River Hopsital’s medical imaging program

Grand River Hospital’s medical imaging program offers a comprehensive range of therapeutic and diagnostic tests. These tests are performed for  both adult and pediatric patients from the hospital’s outpatient, inpatient and emergency settings.

These tests include: CT, X-ray, interventional radiology, mammography, ultrasound, nuclear medicine and MRI.

MRI scans at Grand River Hospital include those for abdomen and pelvis, bones and joints, chest, heart, head, neck and spine.

Approximately 17,000 MRI scans take place over the course of each year, with an average of one patient being scanned every 30 minutes. The MRI scanner is in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Send a message of thanks!

This isn’t just a gift for the hospital, it’s a gift for the whole community. Fill out the form below to say thank you and congratulations on 100 years and your message will be sent to Equitable.