Press Release: North Valley Hospital's new GE System will enable scanning of even the most challenging patients in the North Okanogan
February 2, 2015 – With the convergence of low dose technology, image quality, and speed found in GE Healthcare’s Optima660 CT scanner, North Okanogan physicians are now able to diagnose even the most challenging patients. This innovative technology can help enable clinicians to diagnose more patients whom have trouble holding still due to faster scan times and at the same time still achieve hi quality images while using the low-dose scanning capabilities.
“As diagnostic imaging has grown to become an important part of patient care, our goal of keeping radiation to a minimum has become more important”, says Shane Pyper, North Valley Imaging Center’s Manager.
Today, more than 70 million computed tomography (CT) scans are done per year in the U.S. with tremendous clinical value in helping physicians to provide a fast and definitive diagnosis across a wide range of applications. CT is a non-invasive and expedient way to look inside the body at organs, soft tissues, vascular structures and bones using x-rays to generate very high resolution images of the body. It does this by rotating an x-ray source and detector around the patient as the patient is moved through the device.
The wide coverage and increased detectors of the Optima660 CT allows healthcare providers to scan organs such as the brain, heart, liver and pancreas, in faster rotation times which will reduce breath hold times for patients. Also, the speed of this new technology allows providers to gather information about function as well as anatomy.
Tonasket’s Optima660 CT comes equipped with ASiR, GE’s low dose technology which routinely reduces dose up to 40% with the same image quality0. Furthermore, clinicians can help reduce patient anxiety with the Optima660 CT as:
- The scanner is 50% quieter than previous generation CTs
- Optima660 CT provides soft ambient lighting and personalized gantry displays
- It can comfortably accommodate more patients with a longer scan table that has a 500lb weight capacity.
The Optima660 CT delivers high definition imaging across the entire body, helping physicians make a confident diagnosis across all applications.
The CT system was installed in December 2014 and is currently scanning patients.
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In clinical practice, the use of ASiR may reduce CT patient dose depending on the clinical task, patient size, anatomical location and clinical practice. A consultation with a radiologist and a physicist should be made to determine the appropriate dose to obtain diagnostic image quality for the particular clinical task.
CEO gives presentation at Board Meeting on the Affordable Care Act and how it will impact our facility
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NVHD educates and trains staff to be prepared for Ebola
Tonasket, November 2014: With the arrival of Ebola Viral Disease to the United States, North Valley Hospital District is responding quickly with a mandatory education and training session for our nearly 230 member staff. Although the chances of Ebola reaching the Okanogan County is unlikely, we feel that it’s very important to circumvent the problems that the Texas hospital incurred with staff being unprepared to handle patients with Ebola and want to mitigate any risk there may be to our staff and community. North Valley Hospital is in constant contact with the Okanogan County Public Health Department who have been in regular communication and receiving updates from the CDC. While this situation requires extensive preparation, there is no reason to believe that there will be widespread Ebola transmission in the United States.
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NVH Imaging Center Earns ACR Accreditation
North Valley Hospital’s Imaging Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose x-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.
The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.
The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.
Telehealth Resource for Diabetes
Community Wellness can help you better understand and manage diabetes through our comprehensive diabetes education program taught by registered nurses and dietitians who are certified in diabetic education.
North Valley Hospital and INHS bring you this FREE Diabetes Support Group through Telehealth the first Tuesday of every month from 5:30 to 7:00PM. It's held at North Valley Hospital in the Board Room in the Verbeck Building. No prior registration is required, and the group is facilitated by Phil Gleason, Registered Nurse.
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North Valley Hospital Recognized For Improving Patient Safety
SEATTLE--North Valley Hospital, Tonasket WA., has a lot to be proud of in their work to make patients safer and helping reduce the cost of care. This improvement was recognized in a quarterly progress report from the Washington State Hospital Association(WSHA) as part of North Valley Hospital's work in the Partnership for Patients Initiative.
"Partnership for Patients is a national effort to help hospitals work together to improve quality," said Linda Michel, CEO. "We are excited to see that our work is paying off and that we are making noticeable improvements. This is going to be an ongoing effort and while the numbers may vary from quarter to quarter, we believe we are on a path of continuous improvement."
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Get Up To $500 Off Your Hospital Bill
North Valley Hospital is now offering a tax discount to customers who live within the North Valley Hospital District. You can get up to a $500 discount each calendar year for the amount you pay on property taxes to our hospital district. That credit can be applied to your or your dependants account balances. We developed this program as a way to show our gratitude to the people in our community who help support the hospital district.
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