Anonymous $1M donation goes towards reducing MRI wait times

Apr 29, 2024 | News

April 29, 2024

The good news of the day comes from New Brunswick in Canada.

A $1 million donation made to the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation will allow patients in New Brunswick to have better access to vital magnetic-resonance imaging (MRI) services.

Credit: Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation

The Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation (SJRH) made the announcement. This charity focuses on funding health care initiatives.

Shannon Hunter, President and CEO of SJRH Foundation recalled the moment when they received the life-changing phone call from the anonymous donator. Hunter revealed that their donor’s personal experience was the catalyst for the remarkable act of philanthropy. They allocated the substantial sum to alleviate MRI waiting times.

Zach Kilburn, Horizon’s interim vice president of professional services, shed some light on this pressing issue. He revealed that the average wait time for a non emergency MRI in the area had ballooned up to a staggering 369. With the generous donation, a plan was devised to speed up the process and provide timely care to those in need.


The donation of $1 million is expected to revolutionize MRI in the province. The transformative initiatives include:

– The hiring four full-time technologists to ensure that each MRI system is operational seven days a weeks, 12 hours a night.

– Training in MRI for eight additional employees who have signed three-year employment agreements.

– The acquisition a cutting edge requisition system that will centralize and sort all medical imaging requests to guide patients to the locations with the shortest wait times.

These measures will reduce the average MRI waiting time by 75% by 2026. This will usher in a new era in healthcare that is more accessible and efficient.

Hunter said that this remarkable act of generosity highlighted the transformative power philanthropy has in healthcare in a announcement.

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