A closer look at MRI, CT and X-Ray equipment and the services provided at Provident Imaging Center, Warsaw, highlighted the tour of the facility during an open house tonight.
Steve Miller, chief executive officer of Kosciusko Community Hospital, welcomed guests to the celebration. “We developed this imaging center in response to patient needs,” stated Miller. “The community expressed a desire for high-quality imaging at a good value. Having access the expertise found throughout our network will be an asset to this facility.”
Miller explained the purpose behind the center and touched on questions many have had. Such questions included if the same services are offered at KCH, is there a difference in pricing, why the cost difference, if the center is associated with KCH or a Lutheran project and when people should use the center and when to use KCH.
He stated KCH is a member of Lutheran Health Network and the center is a venture of LHN, allowing the community to benefit from that relationship. “We’re pleased to play a big role in this addition to local healthcare.”
It was pointed out that some of the same services are offered at both locations and some are only available at the hospital. The center will help patients determine the most appropriate and convenient option. Regarding pricing, Miller stated “We are able to offer testing at Provident Imaging Center at a lower charge because it is an outpatient facility that does not offer inpatient services … overhead is greatly reduced … transfer those savings to our patients while offering quality imaging consistent with what patients expect to receive in a hospital setting.
Use of Provident Imaging Center should be done by patients needing routine imaging with hospital imaging utilized in emergency situations or specialized tests are required.
Guests were able to see first hand the G.E. Open MRI Scanner, suitable for those suffering from claustrophobia as well as for those who are anxious or for examination of small parts of the body. The technology of the open MRI is similar to the traditional MRI, except instead of lying in a tunnel, the table has space around the body so the magnet does not surround the person being tested.
Explanations of the CT or computed tomography scan was also provided along with uses of the procedure, how it works, how its performed and interpretation of the results.
A centralized scheduling number can be called with staff members able to assist patients with information regarding specific testing needs and where it can be performed.
More information can be found on the KCH website at www.kch.com.