Medical Center Gets New Digital Imager

Technician Tom Doyle shows off the new CT scanning machine at the imaging center open house Thursday.

Technician Tom Doyle shows off the new CT scanning machine at the imaging center open house Thursday. |

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The Payson Regional Medical Center plans to expand its capacity by 20 percent with the extension of its Outpatient Diagnostic Imaging Center, located at 127 E. Main St.

The latest expansion includes the addition of 3,000 square feet and the newest digital technology in MRI and mammogram testing. The imaging center offers computed tomography scanning (CT), X-rays, bone density and mammography testing.

Director of IT Ross Skinner said the technology is of the highest quality.

“This will save residents time and money and they can stay here and get it done quicker,” Skinner said.

CEO Chris Wolf said the community deserves and wants good quality and good price services locally.

“Because of residents’ loyalty, we are able to put more capital into the system and expand,” Wolf said. The hospital already spent $30 to $40 million in equipment upgrades.

With the expansion, Rim Country residents will no longer have to make a trip to the Valley to get a second opinion on a scan.

Digital scans can be sent to a doctor anywhere for a second look.

“There are immediate results that trim the turnaround time for a physician to only minutes or hours,” Wolf said.

By 2009, the center will install an open bore 1.5 Tesla MRI system.

The bore is the opening patients lie in during an MRI scan. The new system is open to accommodate overweight overweight and claustrophobic patients.

Patients can expect shorter wait times because the center deals only with outpatients. The hospital’s emergency room wait times will also decrease with mostly inpatients coming in.

The hospital plans to continue its trend of expansion and remodeling within the main hospital later this year. In 2002, the hospital added more beds.

“We are trying to keep up with demand,” Wolf said. “I hope to have a second floor on the hospital in the next five years.”

The next addition includes adding two procedure rooms for endoscopy and pain management, a respiratory therapy room, three outpatient recovery rooms (the hospital currently has eight), a renovated nurses station and cystoscopy suite.

“It will allow us to improve our inpatient and outpatient services,” Wolf said.

Director of Business Development and Marketing Cory Houghton said the hospital doesn’t want its services outsourced.

“Our goal is to keep a viable community hospital,” she said. “Every year we focus on one area, and this year it was expanding our diagnostic imaging.”

Currently the hospital handles 120 colonoscopy and endoscopies a month. Since 2004, the imaging center performed more than 20,000 tests.

For more information, contact the hospital at (928) 474-3222 or visit paysonhospital.com.

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