MRI wait times bet­ter than On­tario av­er­age

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BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL

Staff Corn­wall Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal ( CCH) has, by far, the short­est wait times in the prov­ince for pa­tients seek­ing mag­netic res­o­nance imag­ing (MRI) ser­vices, ac­cord­ing to a report re­leased ear­lier this year.

A study is­sued by the Cana­dian In­sti­tute for Health In­for­ma­tion (CIHI) states that nine out of 10 CCH pa­tients have their MRI pro­ce­dures com­pleted within 18 days of mak­ing their ap­point­ments – a wait time 64 days less than the pro­vin­cial av­er­age of 82 days.

CCH pa­tients can also an­tic­i­pate hav­ing their com­put­er­ized to­mog­ra­phy ( CT or CAT) scans ad­min­is­tered four days sooner than the pro­vin­cial av­er­age of 33 days.

Jen­nifer Barkley, CCH di­rec­tor of di­ag­nos­tic ser­vices, was im­pressed with her hos­pi­tal’s rank­ings in both cat­e­gories.

How­ever, she em­pha­sized the num­bers mean more to the fa­cil­ity’s pa­tients than to its staff.

“Hav­ing to book any hos­pi­tal pro­ce­dure can be a ner­vous time in some­one’s life,” she said.

“Be­ing able to per­form the scans lo­cally and as soon as pos­si­ble can al­le­vi­ate some of that stress as the pa­tient knows their re­sults will be re­turned ear­lier and they can progress with their plan

of care.”

Be­tween April 2013 and Novem­ber 2014, the CCH’s Di­ag­nos­tic Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence per­formed over 5,000 MRI scans, with a mean dis­tri­bu­tion of 280 per month.

The hos­pi­tal added that the fa­cil­ity’s emer­gency de­part­ment wait times “for com­plex con­di­tions, which are mea­sured by when the pa­tient is regis­tered to the point when they are dis­charged, con­tinue to be lower than the av­er­age set by On­tario hos­pi­tals.”

In­fec­tion rates “re­main among the low­est in the re­gion,” as well.

The CCH, which came into ex­is­tence in Jan­uary, 2004 with the merger of the former Corn­wall Gen­eral and Ho­tel Dieu hos­pi­tals, serves a pop­u­la­tion of over 110,000 res­i­dents from Corn­wall, Ak­we­sasne and the United Coun­ties of Stor­mont, Dun­das and Glen­garry.

It has an an­nual op­er­at­ing bud­get of over $100 mil­lion.

10 per cent

Given the hos­pi­tal’s prox­im­ity to South Glen­garry, ap­prox­i­mately 700 town­ship res­i­dents are in-pa­tients there each year.

And South Glen­gar­ri­ans ac­count for roughly 10 per cent of the hos­pi­tal’s ap­prox­i­mately 50,000 an­nual emer­gency room vis­its.

South Glen­garry town­ship con­trib­uted a to­tal of $379,500 – amassed over the course of al­most a decade’s worth of bud­get re­serve al­lo­ca­tions – to­wards the al­most-$120 mil­lion Corn­wall Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal Cap­i­tal Re­de­vel­op­ment Project that be­gan in May 2009 and was com­pleted in the fall of 2014.

That ini­tia­tive in­cluded a 95,000-square foot ex­pan­sion that houses five state-of-the-art op­er­at­ing rooms, and emer­gency and di­ag­nos­ticimag­ing de­part­ments, as well as 78,000 square feet of ren­o­va­tions.

5,000 scans per­formed

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