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SMH renovations preparing way for new digital x-ray machines

Posted January 15, 2014

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 new equipment.

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."

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