The most powerful MRI in the Turks and Caicos Islands arrives safely – Magnetic Media
#TurksandCaicos, July 5, 2022 – The highly anticipated delivery of the new GE SIGNA™ 1.5T Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine from InterHealth Canada Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital has completed a successful transfer from overseas to its new home at Cheshire Hall Medical Center Wednesday, June 29, 2022.
Under beautiful cloudless skies and welcoming sunny weather, the GE SIGNA™ 1.5T MRI was expertly and skillfully lifted into the air using a massive crane on a conveyor belt which allowed the unit with some manpower to slide through the MRI factory hall. And just like that, a new era of precision medicine is about to begin at Cheshire Hall Medical Center.
The Turks and Caicos Islands government is committed to improving health care in the Turks and Caicos Islands at all levels, explained the Minister of Health and Human Services, the Honorable Jamell Robinson
“Having access to technology like the GE SIGNA™ 1.5T is fantastic news. This MRI replacement project, in particular, will have a significant and positive impact on families in our communities who need access without unnecessary wait times. But as a growing country, continued investment in health care is also essential to do everything in our power to ensure our residents receive the care they need close to home, which translates by better overall health outcomes. As Minister of Health, I will continue to be committed to protecting and improving the quality and safety of health care services in the Turks and Caicos Islands. This MRI replacement project has been in the planning for a long time, and I’m very excited to see it’s on the island and will be up and running soon. Congratulations to the project team,” said the Hon. Robinson.
The arrival of the GE SIGNA™ 1.5T MRI marks a milestone at the Turks and Caicos Hospital, and it demonstrates a commitment to excellence and people-centered care, while expanding health services more seamless and integrated for the Turks and Caicos community,” explained Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital CEO Dr. Denise Braithwaite-Tennant.
“I am absolutely delighted to see our brand new GE SIGNA™ 1.5T MRI scanner delivered to its new home at Cheshire Hall Medical Center this week. This GE SIGNA™ 1.5T (IRM) is the first of its kind with artificial intelligence capabilities in the Caribbean. The installation of a new MRI and CT scanner is an investment project sponsored by the Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands and InterHealth Canada. Overall, the GE SIGNA™ 1.5T MRI scanner is designed to increase efficiency, improve productivity, maximize our diagnostic potential, and keep the patient experience at the forefront.
GE has used its more than forty years of experience in magnetic resonance innovation to develop a system with an ingeniously simple, eco-friendly design and future-proof capability. This is great news for our patients and the diagnostic imaging team who use the new equipment with state-of-the-art technology. I want to say a huge thank you to our patients and colleagues for their patience throughout the project in adapting to the various changes in patient flow and to our incredible and naturally excellent project team for their hard work on this historic project. and transformer, said CEO Dr. Braithwaite-Tennant.
“The next stage of the project will take place over the next four weeks and will focus on the restoration of infrastructure, the installation of the unit and the training of all categories of personnel. The IRM must perform on-site quality and safety checks prior to the implementation of the service. Once these key elements of the project plan are completed, it is expected that patient MRI scans will begin as planned in early August. Our goal is to make every patient’s experience more enjoyable. said Pheona Brown-Watson, project manager.
Turks and Caicos Hospital has embarked on an ambitious three-year strategic plan under the theme “Exceeding Expectations”. This plan emphasizes excellence, sustainability and people-oriented services. Our partnership with the Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands is key to the success of the plan, with the foundation being our shared vision of excellence in healthcare for the people of TCI.