May 2, 2002
With Toyota’s help, new MRI facility opens at Rouge Valley Centenary
Toronto, Ontario – The Rouge Valley Centenary officially opened its new MRI on Wednesday. Toyota Canada was one of the lead donors in the campaign to raise money to purchase the new MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) machine, which cost $2.5 million.
Provincial Minster of Finance Janet Ecker; Yoshio Nakatani, Chairman, Toyota Canada; and Ron Kaczorowski, President of Philips Medical Systems Canada, were among the special guests who cut the ribbon to officially open the new service.
“We at Toyota Canada are proud to have been part of the effort to bring a new MRI to the people of East Toronto and West Durham. With its dedicated and caring staff, and now with the latest equipment, we know that Rouge Valley’s Centenary Site will continue to live up to its reputation as a first-class hospital,” said Nakatani.
“For many of us, it feels like this day was a long time coming. We’ve been hoping and planning for an MRI for so long that it’s hard to believe the day is finally here,” said Kathryn Ramsay, Vice-Chair of the Rouge Valley Board of Directors. “This day celebrates the years of work and the
contributions from thousands of people that it took to get us here. And it represents the beginning of an exciting new era for the Rouge Valley Health System and the communities we serve.”
Rouge Valley Centenary’s MRI helps answer an urgent need for additional MRI services in the east GTA. Today there are 17 MRI machines operating west of the Don Valley parkway, and only three east of it. Prior to the opening of Rouge Valley’s MRI, the closest one was at Scarborough General Hospital and patients could wait six months or more for MRI diagnosis.
Rouge Valley Health System is composed of two full service community hospitals. Rouge Valley Centenary, located in East Scarborough, with 411 beds and Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering, located in Ajax, with 156 beds. Together more than 300 general practitioners and 180 specialist physicians
provide care for a full range of health problems, from paediatric to geriatric care. Both sites have round-the-clock emergency departments.