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Mobile Ultrasound Arrives in Interlake

by NationTalk on June 23, 20081185 Views

Manitoba News Release
June 23, 2008

More Manitobans in the Interlake region will have access to ultrasound services closer to home with the official unveiling of a new mobile ultrasound program based at E. M. Crowe Memorial Hospital in Eriksdale, Health Minister Theresa Oswald announced today.”This mobile ultrasound program will make it easier for people in the region to get to their appointments, while building our capacity to provide much-needed diagnostic services,” Oswald said.

“This commitment means better care for thousands of Manitobans in the Interlake region,” Tom Nevakshonoff, MLA for the Interlake, said here today on behalf of Oswald. “Today’s commitment is about delivering an important health-care service closer to home.”

The program will provide services in Eriksdale three days a week. Services will also be provided two days a week in the community of Arborg.

“Patients from Eriksdale, Arborg and across the northern part of our region will benefit from this mobile service by having access to diagnostic testing closer to home,” said Kevin Beresford, chief executive officer of the Interlake Regional Health Authority. “This program will help in reducing wait times for ultrasound testing as well as enhancing our diagnostic services capacity across the region.”

An ultrasound exam is a diagnostic tool that uses reflected sound waves to produce pictures of the organs and other structures in the body.

“Recent advances in ultrasound technology have resulted in high quality, functional compact systems that allow us to provide these kinds of services,” said Jim Dalton, chief executive officer of Diagnostic Services of Manitoba. “The mobile ultrasound unit, which will make a wide range of testing more accessible to Interlake residents, highlights our commitment to customer service and quality.”

These investments build on other health-care investments in the Interlake Regional Health Authority including:

• investing $13 million to redevelop the Gimli Hospital; and

• making significant investments in renal health including investing in a new four-station hemodialysis unit at Gimli and a new six-station unit at Percy E. Moore Hospital at Percy E. Moore Hospital at Peguis First Nation to serve Peguis and Hodgson.

More than 13,400 ultrasounds were performed at facilities across Manitoba in April 2008.

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