For one critical access hospital, process makes perfect by Coleen Goulet
“Facing shrinking resources and increasing competition, hospitals considering process or equipment changes need to evaluate their options, to ensure they bring both clinical and financial benfits.
It’s what we did at Sunnyside Community Hospital, a 25 bed critical access hospital in central Washington State, where I manage the breast imaging center. In early 2010, the center considered transitioning from film to digital. To make sure it worked, administration and clinicians first identified four primary areas that needed to be addressed when getting the new equipment: image quality and productivity; training on the new system; redesigning the reading room; and promoting new technology in our rural Washington community…”
Radiologists at Sunnyside read on average 2,500 mammogram studies per year. Since going live with the new system, Sunnyside Community Hospital’s Breast Imaging Center has increased its imaging volume by 10 percent.
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