Patients in Langley and across the region will benefit from increased access to MRI exams and shorter wait times when the first-ever MRI for Langley Memorial Hospital opens mid-summer 2020.

“Waiting for an MRI is a stress too many people face,” said Premier John Horgan. “This new MRI machine will provide 7,500 MRI exams annually, which means shorter wait times and a better plan for treatment and recovery for people in Langley.”

The announcement of construction comes six months after the start of construction on the new Emergency Department at Langley Memorial Hospital.

"This is an exciting day - to see the expansion of the Emergency Department and a new MRI Suite here at Langley Memorial - for the medical team and the community of Langley," said ER and MRI patient, Randy Terrace. 

When Langley's Randy Terrace went to bed one night last summer, he never thought he'd be fighting for his life before morning. But that's exactly what happened, when he woke with a numb arm and slurred speech. Realizing he was having a stroke, Randy's wife Andrea quickly drove him to the nearest hospital - Langley Memorial.

"We’re very glad we went to Langley," says Randy now fully recovered. "But the transfer [to another hospital for an MRI scan] was really stressful for me and my family. We wondered whether we should have just gone to Peace Arch in the first place. And that’s not something that anyone should have to think of when there’s an emergency. You just want to know that great care is available at your local hospital, and that’s why your support is so important.

"The patients at Langley Memorial Hospital requiring an MRI scan will no longer have to be transferred to another hospital for this procedure," said Terrace at the ground-breaking event on July 16. "This was one of the most difficult part of my journey to recover.

The community played a large part in both the MRI Suite and the Emergency Department project, through the Foundation's Emergency Response campaign, which officially launched in May 2018.

"In just over a year, thanks to this incredible support we saw at every turn, we achieved 17 million dollars raised on our 15 million dollar campaign," said Ellen Peterson, board chair for Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation. "This outstanding fundraising success allowed us to fully meet our commitment to build a new Emergency Department and to fund an MRI to support the Langley communities.  

"The time, activism and financial contributions you made – and continue to make to the hospital, and to our community - are bringing great, positive changes to local health care and the quality of life for Langley residents." 

The total project cost is $8.75 million, with $4.75 million provided by the Province of British Columbia through Fraser Health and $4 million provided by the Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation.