The proceeds of the Soldiers' 50/50 will go towards the Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital's MRI Replacement Project.
The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine uses a strong magnet and radio waves to create complex pictures of body organs and issues to help doctors make a diagnosis and formulate treatment plans for the patients.
During the pandemic year, Soldiers' still performed close to 7,000 MRI scans to aid in diagnosing and treating challenging outcomes. These conditions include neurologic problems such as multiple sclerosis and strokes, cancer and joint problems, to name a few.
The ability to have these tests done close to home in a timely manner reduces inconvenience and stress for patients dealing with these difficult situations.
Approaching its 14th birthday, Soldiers' MRI machine is nearing the end of its lifecycle. Almost a decade and a half into its service, it has more than served us well. Regrettably, as a result of its advanced age, it has more frequent and unpredictable down times, resulting in unexpected cancellations and delays for patients while maintenance is completed. With time-sensitive diagnoses on the line, that is simply not the standard of care our community deserves.
A new MRI and the special suite it requires comes with a large $3-million price tag, and the government does not fund replacement medical equipment. It is on us, as a community, to raise that money, and as part of that fundraising campaign the proceeds from the Soldiers' 50/50 will go towards that purchase.