When it comes to ensuring patients receive the best possible imaging experience, Star Valley Medical Center in Afton, Wyo. went the extra mile so that patients don’t have to.
The rural critical access hospital selected and installed the Hitachi Scenaria SE 64/128 CT, which was imperative to the facility. Prior to the installation, residents of north Lincoln County had to travel hundreds of miles just to receive imaging services and physicians were burdened with the thought of time and distance playing factors in whether a surgery would be successful or not.
“As a remote hospital, our population is somewhat restricted on options for healthcare,” says Terry Lemon, radiology director of Star Valley Medical Center. “Star Valley strives to ensure that our equipment and technology is up to date and able to perform as many procedures as possible in a timely manner. If we can provide state-of-the-art healthcare, we hope to keep our population local. As for those emergencies where we must transport a critically injured patient, we need to ensure that the receiving hospital is receiving quality imaging.”
Star Valley staff decided to install Hitachi’s Scenaria CT in January 2016, and it has proven to be a perfect fit for the hospital’s radiology department. Lemon says patients and physicians from the surrounding area have noticed the difference, helping Star Valley earn a reputation as a “small-town hospital delivering big-city medicine.”
“We have providers from neighboring hospitals sending patients to us because of the clarity of the Hitachi images,” he says. “Many patients in the past had to travel hundreds of miles for imaging that our systems can now provide.”