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HEALTH SCIENCES NORTH FOUNDATION

Health Sciences North Foundation is the fundraising arm of Health Sciences North. By inspiring donors, Health Sciences North Foundation raises funds to support health care excellence through the purchase of equipment, the building of facilities and the advancement of life saving research at Health Sciences North.

Every year, approximately 13,000 magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests are performed at Health Sciences North (HSN) to support the treatment of 600,000 residents in Northeastern Ontario. The average wait time for an MRI scan at HSN is 66 days, which is almost three times higher than the provincial target of 28 days.

Currently, the single MRI at HSN that operates 24/7 is nearing its 10-year lifespan and needs replacing. In addition to replacing this existing MRI, there is a need for a second MRI.

It will also:

  • provide enhanced patient-centred care by significantly shortening wait times
  • operate more accessible hours
  • provide a backup unit in the event of equipment failure
  • reduce travel burden and costs for patients
  • improve diagnosis and treatment
  • repatriate cardiac care closer to home


As a regional leader and the only acute teaching facility in the Northeast, it is vital that HSN be equipped to provide sufficient Medical Imaging capacity to support its unique and specialty services role, including Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Orthopaedics, Neurosurgery, Cardiology and Oncology.