The Granville Health System Upgrades CT Scanner Technology
OXFORD, NC (September 6, 2016) – Granville Health System, its Board of Trustees and Medical Staff announced the acquisition of new equipment ensuring that the hospital offers the latest technology for the community. The purchase of a new Siemens Perspective 64 Slice computerized tomography (CT) scanner represents the commitment of GHS to investing in the health of the community.
The new equipment allows for increased patient comfort while delivering images faster and with 60% less radiation than other scanners currently on the market.
A more efficient scanner will be particularly valuable at Granville Medical Center as the number of Emergency Department visits has increased by 56% since the new department opened in May 2013. Medical staff had recognized the need for upgraded technology to accommodate increased patient volume and the growing complexity of cases being seen by GHS emergency medical providers.
In addition to being more efficient, the new CT technology will offer an increase in the complexity of CT studies being offered at Granville Medical Center, in areas such as Cardiology.
New services include non-invasive cardiac imaging such as calcium scoring and coronary CT angiography. A CT angiogram is a test that provides detailed pictures of the heart and the blood vessels that go to the heart, lungs, brain, kidneys, head, neck, legs, and arms. Other CT angiography improvements include more complex images of the carotid arteries, upper and lower extremities, aorta, renal vessels and brain.
Since the new CT technology supports perfusion studies which give more detailed information about blood flow to the brain, it proves to be an important tool for diagnosing and treating strokes.
The innovative CT technology at GHS also features enhanced oncological imaging, making tumors more easy to find, diagnose and compare on follow-up.
Patients of the Health System will see the upgrade in terms of comfort, as the scanner is designed to accommodate individuals of all ages and sizes, including children. Patients will also notice a remarkably fast image capture that will minimize the amount of time a patient spends on the table.
“We are pleased to offer our community the new technology in imaging,” said L. Lee Isley, GHS Chief Executive Officer. “These advances are made possible through the support of our GHS Board of Trustees and the GHS Foundation. Together, we are committed to providing the highest quality care.”
The mission of Granville Health System Foundation is to serve as a charitable resource for Granville Health System, supporting its commitment to provide quality health care to all citizens of the community. The Foundation builds support for GHS and provides financial resources to purchase new equipment, develop new services, maintain and improve facilities, and recruit new health professionals to Granville County. The Foundation recently made a commitment to donate funding over the next 2 years towards the purchase of a new CT Scanner.
“This investment demonstrates the Foundation’s commitment to the health of the community,” said Isley. “These dollars represent a real and tangible benefit to our patients.”
The CT Department at Granville Medical Center will also undergo some enhancements. Once the current scanner is removed, the room will be repainted, new flooring will be installed and the lighting will be upgraded. During this transition, a temporary unit will be utilized. The new machine will be in operation by mid-October.
About Granville Health System
For more than 96 years, Granville Health System has been delivering quality health care close to home. To meet the growing needs of our community, Granville Health System has expanded its services throughout Granville County, offering convenient access to medical care where you work and live. GHS received a number of national awards, including the Hospital of Choice Award which named Granville Health System as one of the top 100 hospitals in the country in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. GHS also received the Community Value Index Five-Star Hospital Award, placing GHS in the top 20% of hospitals in the country in offering financial value to the communities served, while reinvesting back into facilities in order to provide for current and emerging health needs. Recently, Granville Health System was named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. The GHS main campus is located at 1010 College Street, Oxford, North Carolina. For more information about Granville Health System visit GHS online at www.ghsHospital.org.