MRI Machine


MRI Machine Coming to PDH

A new MRI machine is coming to Palmerston and District Hospital, which officials say will help reduce wait times, eliminate the need to travel for the service and alleviate pressure on other hospitals.

“We are thrilled with the announcement of new MRI operational funding for North Wellington Health Care (NWHC) and would like to thank the [province] for their support,” stated Angela Stanley, CEO and president of NWHC, in a Dec. 15 press release.  This new program will allow us to support our region to access care close to home, in a timely fashion.”

NWHC announced the plan for a new MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) machine in Palmerston – the first in Wellington County – three days after a provincial funding announcement.

The province is providing about $20 million for the operating costs of 27 MRI machines across Ontario, health minister Sylvia Jones announced on Dec. 12.

Hospital officials expect annual funding to total about $800,000 thereafter.  That funding covers wages for technicians and support services, as well as supplies, electricity and more.  The cost of purchasing the machines, over $1 million each, plus construction costs, is left to individual hospitals – in this case with the support of the Palmerston and District Hospital Foundation.

“We will be working closely with the Foundation in the next few weeks to develop a more comprehensive budget for this project,” Stanley stated in an email to the Advertiser.

NWHC officials hope to have the machine up and running within three years, Stanley explained.  It will be housed in “shell space” completed at the Palmerston hospital in November 2020 and the cost of retrofitting the space also falls on the hospital, through the hospital foundation.  “We will rely on the generosity of our local donors, and look further into the broader catchment area for support of this exciting new regional service,” stated Earl Campbell, chair of the foundation board, in the press release.

Ontario Health data shows just 36 per cent of patients have MRI scans within the target time, which varies depending on priority.  Patients who should receive a less urgent scan within 28 days have an average wait time of 77 days, provincial data indicates.  In Wellington County, where many patients travel to Guelph, Kitchener and Cambridge to get an MRI, the wait time is closer to 65 days.

Palmerston was chosen to receive operational funding by provincial officials following a process initiated in December 2021, when the province asked hospitals to submit a business case for the funding.

Stanley told the Advertiser the Palmerston hospital was chosen due to the “significant gap of service for rural residents of southwestern Ontario,” but also because it had the space for it and a hospital foundation with the ability to support the project.  She added the Palmerston business case was the only one submitted by the Wellington Health Care Alliance, which also operates Groves hospital in Aboyne and Louise Marshall Hospital in Mount Forest.  “After analysis … the decision was made that [Palmerston] was the most appropriate place to house the MRI,” Stanley stated.

Dale Small, NWHC board chair, called the funding announcement great news for all hospitals in the county.  “We would like to thank the Palmerston and District Hospital Foundation for their support for the capital funding required for this project and look forward to working with them and communities to bring this much needed service to our region,” stated Small in a press release.

Nearby, Guelph General Hospital and the Listowel Wingham Hospitals Alliance will also receive MRI operating funding from the province.

“This is great news for our local communities and rural hospitals,” Rae stated in his release.  “It means local community members will be able to receive their necessary and critical treatment faster and closer to home.”

- article from the Wellington Advertiser

MRI+ Campaign

We are currently in the planning stages of our MRI+ Campaign and we are hoping to have an official launch date soon.  We are looking forward to an exciting campaign!  Currently, we accepting donations before the launch.  If you would like to donate now, click here.

Information About Pledges

Donation pledges are a donor's promise to give a set amount of money to an organization over a certain amount of time.  Both a pledge and a donation result in giving money, but the big difference between a donation and a pledge is the timing.  A donation describes an immediate gift from a donor.  A pledge is a promise to donate a set dollar amount over a certain period of time.  Pledging is a simple and convenient way contribute to this campaign.  


Making a pledge to our MRI+ Campaign is an easy way to contribute to this major fundraiser.  Once we have your pledge information, we take care of all the details.  Your gift will be processed as set out in your Pledge Agreement.  At the end of the year, you will receive one tax receipt for the donation amount made to the MRI+ Campaign that year.  

If you would like to make a pledge to the MRI+ Campaign, you can download our Pledge Agreement here.  If you have any questions, or would like to set up your pledge in person or by phone, please email us or call us at 519-343-2030 x 87701.  We would love to talk to you!

Join Our MRI Campaign Committee!

We are seeking community members to participate on an MRI Campaign Committee.  Over the next few months, the Foundation will form an MRI Campaign committee, which will operate as a sub-committee of the Foundation.  We are looking forward to launching our MRI Campaign.

“Several Foundation Directors have already committed to serve on this committee, but we are open to having community leaders and people passionate about rural health care join the team,” explained Foundation President, Earl Campbell.

The committee is expected to operate for up to three years, depending on how quickly the funds are raised. 

Anyone who would like to share their connections and skills with this committee, is encouraged to contact the Foundation office at 519-343-2030 ext. 87701, or by email, and Development Officer, Dale Franklin, will be in touch.