During Tuesday night’s meeting, Good Samaritan’s Board of Governors
approved the purchase of new digital x-ray equipment and the remodel of
associated radiology space. This budgeted purchase includes the cost of
the new equipment, removal of the existing machines and the renovation
of the radiology space for a total of $552,480.
In 2014, Good Samaritan partnered with Carestream Health as part of a three
(3) year plan to convert to digital imaging for routine x-rays. The purchase
of two new radiographic rooms and digital x-ray systems will be the final
step in completing the plan. Carestream’s fully automated system
reduces fatigue and repetitive stress injuries for technologists while
providing the highest quality images for the patients at Good Samaritan.
The new radiology equipment, Carestream DRX-Evolution Plus, provides greater
flexibility, auto-positioning, motorized floor rail and other customized
features that will ease the physical movements of the technologist during
an exam. The use of a single vendor platform throughout the hospital will
also help to ensure image consistency and technologist ease of use.
“Moving toward a digital x-ray system will help our patients and
technologists,” said Mark Schafer, Director of Radiology at Good
Samaritan. “When we take images now, we have to wait for the images
to be processed. With the purchase of the new equipment, the images will
be available immediately resulting in shorter exam times by 30 to 50%
for each patient.”
In addition to the radiology purchase approval, the board also approved
the privileges of multiple radiologists who will be working with Good
Samaritan through their partnership with Clinical Radiologists. This group
of radiologists will be led by Good Samaritan radiologists, Dr. April
Cox, and Clinical Radiologists Program Director, Dr. Robert Haag.
“Clinical Radiologists are a great group of trusted physicians,”
said Rob McLin, President and CEO of Good Samaritan. “They understand
how important patient safety is to our organization and have vast experience
in many radiology specialties. We are excited to start working with such
a great group of people.”
Based in central Illinois, Clinical Radiologists has more than 70 board
certified radiologists covering all radiology sub-specialties. All technology
and images utilized by both Good Samaritan and Clinical Radiologists is
HIPAA-compliant and the data is secured and confidential.