RMH Dedicates MRI Facility
Richland Memorial Hospital held a ceremony the evening of Wednesday, January 6th, to dedicate its new MRI and Nuclear Medicine Facility. The event was attended by several individuals who were instrumental in making the facility a reality.
RMH Chief Executive Officer, David Allen, spoke about the project timeline and how quickly everyone on the team worked together to get it completed.
Allen noted that planning for the new addition began in March of 2014, and once construction began, it was finished in less than nine months.
He went on to thank the RMH Inc. Board of Directors, as well as Jeff Lee, Director of Diagnostic Imaging, Gina Thomas, Director of Patient Care Services, and Les Harrison, Director of Plant Services, each of whom played an integral role in the planning and development of this latest enhancement to the Hospital’s scope of service.
Allen also expressed appreciation to those who contributed financially to make the MRI addition possible.
“We couldn’t have completed this project without the generosity of the community, several individuals, and organizations,” stated Allen.
The addition has been dedicated to the Dorothy Ellen Newell Estate, the Auxiliary Council of Richland Memorial Hospital, the RMH Foundation, and LaGala, Ltd. A plaque will be placed in the facility to honor these major contributors.
Guests were then given tours of the new facility and were able to view the state-of-the-art, Siemens MRI unit, which produces images of the highest medical standard. They were also able to see the new Nuclear Medicine area. The Hospital’s existing Nuclear Medicine scanner and related services are projected to be moved from the basement into the new building by the end of February.
The State of Illinois issued the official occupancy permit in mid-December, and patients are already receiving exams with the new MRI unit.
The 2,000 square-foot addition houses the only permanent (non-mobile) MRI services available in the hospital’s primary market area, which covers 8 counties. A full range of MRI exams are offered. The machine features a larger opening to help people feel less enclosed, while still producing the sharpest images. The facility also has one-way windows in the MRI area, allowing patients to see outside and creating a more open, comfortable environment to receive exams.