Hospital to lease new CT scanner
New scanner will
By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican
With the lease on their current CT scanner ending in October, members of the Chase County Community Hospital Board opted to lease a new CT scanner. The decision was made during their June 25 regular meeting.
The present CT scanner was installed in 2010.
The board had the option to purchase the existing scanner, extend the current lease or upgrade to a new machine, which will also be leased.
The present CT scanner is a “16 slice” machine. The new scanner will be a “32 slice” machine upgradeable to 64 slices.
The 32-slice machine will provide better images for diagnostic purposes. In addition, the new machine uses a lower dose of radiation to obtain its images.
Delivery of the new machine is expected in November.
The board continues to work on their new strategic plan for the hospital.
Consultant Deirdre Byrne updated the board on the progress. She met with the hospital department directors June 26 to fine tune the goals and strategies of the plan.
A preliminary draft of the plan will be ready for board review at the July board meeting.
In July, the board will also review the yearly evaluation of Administrator Steve Lewis.
Lewis said several students are doing rotations at the hospital.
Sara Washington is a laboratory student from Central Community College in Hastings. She started her rotation on May 8 and completed it on June 26.
Santiago Rozo, a first year medical student from UNMC, will do a three-week family medicine rotation, which started July 1.
The May statistical and financial report showed a loss of $114,439 in operations for the month.
In other action, the board approved the credentialing of the following physicians to the medical staff: Dr. Lawrence Davis and Dr. Brendon Curtis, general surgeons; Dr. Satya Nelluri, cardiology; and Great Plains Health radiologist.
The next board meeting will be July 23 at the hospital conference room.