Medina hospital welcomes new CT scan equipment

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 12 December 2014 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers – Officials at Medina Memorial Hospital and Orleans Community Health celebrated a new CT scan machine that will give better imagining reads and also expose patients to 40 percent less radiation. The following are pictured during an open house on Thursday, from left: Board of Directors members Les Morse and Ron Felstead; Janelle Cordle, lead CT technician; Board Vice President Dawn Meland (in back); Jen Maynard, director of radiology and corporate compliance; Board President Bruce Krenning; and Dolores Horvath, hospital CEO.

MEDINA – A new CT scan machine was welcomed into Medina Memorial Hospital on Thursday. The machine will give hospital staff much improved imaging when scans are taken of a brain, chest, abdomen and pelvis.

The CT scanner replaces one from 2001. The new one is a 64 slice CT scan compared to a 4 slice. Besides better imaging, the new machine will expose patients to 40 percent less radiation, said Jen Maynard, director of radiology and corporate compliance for the hospital and Orleans Community Health.

“We’re taking the concerns of our patients to the next level,” said Dolores Horvath, CEO of the hospital and Orleans Community Health.

Hospital officials gathered for a ribbon-cutting celebration on Thursday. Horvath said it will be part of a wave of improvements at the hospital and the Orleans Community Health.

She expects the state Board of Health will soon give the final OK for renovations in the front lobby and emergency room at the hospital. The community can also expect new medical and surgical services, as well as additional outpatient services in 2015.

Orleans Community Health invested about $400,000 for the CT scan machine and $130,000 for a digital reader and backup system in the X-Ray Department. The hospital worked with General Electric for both equipment purchases.

“It’s very complicated, highly technical and very expensive,” Horvath told officials during the ribbon-cutting. “It brings us into state-of-the-art imaging.”

Jen Maynard, the director of radiology and corporate compliance for Orleans Community Health (Medina Memorial Hospital), holds up a digital reader that also backs up files. The hospital spent about $130,000 for the equipment. Dolores Horvath, left, is CEO for the hospital and health system