SMH renovations preparing way for new digital x-ray machines
The 32 year-old x-ray equipment that was still in service until last
summer when it reached its ultimate demise, is being replaced with a
new digital radiology unit, as renovations are underway at Stevenson
Memorial Hospital's Diagnostic Imaging Department to accommodate the
Last September, the SMH's board of director's reallocated $400,000 of
its 2013-14 capital list to purchase a new x-ray unit at an estimated
cost of $550,000. The shortfall of $150,000 was provided by the
Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation, according to the minutes.
The equipment includes a new digital x-ray and a portable x-ray machine.
"This new equipment will provide significantly improved image quality
and faster turn-around time for our patients," said Jody Levac,
President and CEO, in his first announcement since taking over the
senior administrative post at the Alliston hospital. "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."
SMH announced this afternoon that modifications to the radiology room
are required in order to accommodate the new equipment, with
construction 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,"
said Mr. Kerk. "I am proud to see that Stevenson is dedicated to
providing the best imaging technology to our patients."