High-Tech Equipment in Rural Hospitals

By: Jessica Aspiras Email
By: Jessica Aspiras Email

The dual-head gamma camera is the latest addition to Clinton Memorial Hospital's nuclear medicine services. It's a piece of equippment that looks at tissue functions through heart scans, bone scans, and renal scans -- advanced technology in a the rural setting.

"So much of this technology is really used on outpatient usage now. So it's easier. It's more cost effective to have people come to the smaller communities and get the service closer to home," says Clinton Memorial Vice President William Roeser.

At Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital about 10 brand new monitoring systems were recently purchased, along with a four dimensional ultrasound machine.

According to HGBMH President and CEO Matthew Rush, "It's incumbent upon us to bring quality, local care. So we do the best we can to invest in the technology to diagnose and treat those conditions that are within our clinical scope."

While more and more hospitals in rural areas are purchasing high-tech eqipment, Clinton Memorial Vice President William Roeser says he wouldn't consider it a new trend.

"It's probably a misconception that it isn't available in a small town because I believe most of the hospitals have pretty up to date technology and have been acquiring it along the way for years," explains Roeser.

"Certainly some of the tertiary hospitals do wonderful jobs in the high-tech area. That's not going to be our business," says Rush.

Instead the business of rural hospitals will be about bringing in the latest, most, advanced technology to the extent it can afford. Both hospitals budget at least one million dollars a year for new equipment.

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