October 3, 2022 – The Ontario Ministry of Health has confirmed its support and approval for Arnprior Regional Health (ARH) to proceed with the implementation project for Computerized Tomography (CT) Scanner that will expand clinical services and give the community local access to life-saving diagnostic imaging.
With this recent approval from the provincial government, ARH moves to the next step of construction and procurement of equipment through the RFP process with defined criteria for awarding the work.
“This is great news for the people who are serviced by Arnprior Regional Health. By approving this application, I am pleased that our government recognized the importance of having a CT Scanner at ARH. Having this service close to home in this growing community will make life much better for its residents. I congratulate everyone who has worked so hard to bring this to fruition and thank them for their commitment to continuously improving healthcare in Arnprior and area,” said MPP John Yakabuski, Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke.
The CT Scan Project is a clinical service expansion priority to improve local access to diagnostic imaging. CT scans are used by physicians to get more detailed internal images to inform diagnoses and treatment plans. Currently, patients in the ARH Emergency Department and Inpatient Unit who need more detailed imaging via CT scans require transportation and are referred to either Renfrew Victoria Hospital or Queensway Carleton Hospital, which can often involve nursing support for the trip and hospital visit. More than 160 ARH patients are referred out for a CT scan annually. Additionally, local family physicians are estimated to refer more than 3,000 patients per year for a CT scan requiring travel outside their community.
“This is an incredible win for our Arnprior and area communities and reflects our Board’s commitment to drive forward initiatives that enhance local access to excellent health care,” said Cathy Jordan, Chair, Board of Directors, ARH. “Our Board extends its gratitude to our many partners who have collaborated and supported our efforts to achieve the goal of establishing CT Scan Services in our community.”
The estimated total cost of the CT Scan Project is $1,800,000, which will be 100 percent funded through the launch of a community fundraising campaign.
“Without CT Scan Services at ARH, our patients and community members must travel for their tests, which can be disruptive to their care, result in longer wait times, and have a significant financial impact for our Hospital,” said Leah Levesque, President and CEO, ARH. “Bringing CT Scan Services to the community will benefit our patients’ health and offer us greater edge as we continue to recruit physicians to our community.”
ARH will repurpose existing space in the Hospital to accommodate the new CT scanner. After the construction contract is awarded, the estimated project timeline is approximately 18 months until completion.
About Arnprior Regional Health
Arnprior Regional Health (ARH) is a progressive 140-bed organization that includes a fully accredited community hospital, nursing home, primary health care centre and extensive community programs. ARH is a regional hub with a strong history of providing exemplary care to the residents of West Ottawa, McNab/Braeside, Arnprior and Mississippi Mills. As your partner in health, ARH is committed to listening to and responding to meet the needs of those we serve, because together, we create a healthy community.