Alliston/Jan. 15, 2014 – Renovations are underway at Stevenson Memorial Hospital, to prepare the Diagnostic Imaging Department for a new digital radiology unit. The new digital x-ray and a portable x-ray machine were purchased with funding from the Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation and will replace aging units, reducing exam times and improving patient care.
“This new equipment will provide significantly improved image quality and faster turn-around time for our patients,” said Jody Levac, President and CEO. “We are replacing 30-year old technology with the absolute best piece of digital imaging equipment available today. It is an excellent example of our commitment to build the best, which is one of the pillars in our strategic plan.”
Modifications to the radiology room are required in order to accommodate the new equipment. During the construction phase, expected to last approximately 12 weeks, the new portable x-ray unit will be used at various locations throughout the hospital.
“We are not expecting significant delays in service, however, we are asking for everyone’s patience as we renovate the area and prepare to add yet another state-of-the-art machine to our diagnostic imaging department,” said Jeff Kerk, Manager of Paramedic Service at Stevenson. “Once fully operational, we will be producing higher quality studies in less time and that means faster service for our patients.
Between July 1 and October 1 2013, a total of 3,749 x-ray images were completed at Stevenson - 2,646 were emergency patients.
“Switching to digital radiology means we will be able to image more patients in the same amount of time and provide faster service and better care to the emergency department, outpatients and inpatients. I am proud to see that Stevenson is dedicated to providing the best imaging technology to our patients,” Kerk said.