Premier John Hamm will join health professionals, patients,community members and other guests at an open house today, Feb.16, to celebrate new state-of-the-art diagnostic imagingequipment in Yarmouth Regional Hospital’s recently renovateddiagnostic imaging department. “Investments in medical equipment make a difference at the bedside, with reduced wait times,” said Premier John Hamm. “The government of Nova Scotia has been pleased to honour thecommitments we made in Your Health Matters, the province’s planfor health care. Through these commitments, we are doing our partto fund important new equipment — equipment that I understand isalready reducing wait times for diagnostic testing in theregion.” According to information collected by the South West DistrictHealth Authority, CT scan wait times have dropped from more than10 weeks in September to less than three weeks currently. The renovated diagnostic imaging department includes a new bonedensitometer, multislice CT scanner, and a digital X-ray. Theequipment was funded by a number of sources, including theYarmouth Hospital Foundation and the Yarmouth Hospital LadiesAuxiliary, the federal government’s Medical Equipment Fund, andthe Nova Scotia Department of Health. The province also fundedhospital renovations including changes to the diagnostic imagingdepartment, rehabilitation services and ambulatory care areas. “This is another example of the Nova Scotia model of health care,where everybody steps up to the plate and does their part incommitting to better health care for all,” said Premier Hamm. “This event is our opportunity to thank our governments and ourvolunteers for their contributions toward making this newequipment and renovations a reality,” said Blaise MacNeil, chiefexecutive officer, South West Health. This is another step in the province’s plan to increase access todiagnostic equipment. Most recently, an MRI began operation inCape Breton.