WAYNE – Providence Medical Center in Wayne received a grant on Friday, April 7 from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust Rural Healthcare Program.
The $400,000 grant will soon benefit patients at PMC to the latest computed tomography (CT) diagnostic technology. A new 64-slice CT scanner will provide essential diagnostic images of structures inside the body.
Providence Medical Center started the original application in November/December of last year and following the second application, were notified about receiving the grant in March.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Jim Frank said it’s a huge increase in technology.
“We’re going from a 16-slice to a 64-slice,” said Frank. “Which actually helps to reduce the scan time and we can provide a safer treatment in a shorter amount of time.”
Not only will the results be quicker, but for elderly patients they won’t have to hold their breath as long.
Different testing’s will be taking place with new 64-slice CT scanner according to Chief Operating Officer (COO), Kris Giese.
“For instance, we’re hoping to do a lot more cardiology type of testing,” Giese added. “A lot more with some brain CT’s and things like that.”
Providence Medical Center is one of 41 grant recipients across the region to benefit from this round of funding to purchase CT scanners. Helmsley’s Rural Healthcare Program has granted over $30 million to support the purchases of new, 32-slice or higher CT scanners in a seven-state region. Those include North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Minnesota, Iowa and Montana.
The installation process for the new 64-slice CT scanner will start in late May and PMC hopes to be imaging patients by mid-June.
“We just want to thank the Helmsley Trust for this opportunity, it’s going to greatly enhance the care that is provided at Providence Medical Center,” Frank mentioned.
“I think this will be a huge benefit to the community and the care that we offer here without transferring or without people having to drive to get some of their imaging done,” said Giese.
Since 2015 the Helmsley Charitable Trust has awarded 78 grants to outfit hospitals with new, state-of-the-art CT scanners.