Source: Mary Alford, The News-Enterprise
With high demand for 3-D mammography, the Hardin Memorial Health Board of Trustees is seeking to meet the need.
The board on Tuesday approved a $400,000 purchase of additional 3-D mammography equipment for HMH to provide the region better access to the cutting-edge technology.
The new equipment comes on the heels of a $1.5 million investment earlier this year that added one 3-D mammography unit at the hospital’s main campus and HMH’s Elizabethtown Diagnostics and Imaging, as well as a new needle biopsy table.
Tuesday’s approval will add an additional 3-D unit at the hospital’s main campus, giving HMH three.
Tom Carrico, HMH vice president of operations and chief information officer, said hours of operation have extended in an effort to accommodate as many patients as possible who are requesting and/or must have 3-D imaging.
“What we have subsequently found in the implementation of 3-D is that demand is very high,” Carrico said.
Because of budget restraints and several capital projects, HMH had placed the third 3-D mammography unit in the 2019 fiscal budget. But, because of demand, Carrico asked the board to move forward with purchasing the additional equipment. Carrico said they found capital substitutions within the budget they could use for the purchase.
The board also approved a $1.5 million purchase of diagnostic imaging equipment for HMH’s new medical facility in Bardstown, comprising a CT scan, a digital radiology room and an MRI unit.
Currently under construction, the 70,000-square-foot facility will be home to HMH’s growing Bardstown Family Medical Center and multiple specialists. The building also will house laboratory, diagnostic imaging, cardiovascular, rehab and disease management services.
Carrico said the equipment will be installed this summer. The reason they went to the board Tuesday to request approval is because their vendor, Philips, has put $96,000 in additional savings in place if they purchase by the end of November. Carrico said they would not actually pay for the equipment until it ships to the facility.
The board also approved financial reports for September and October. Through October, HMH has an operating income of $3.3 million, compared to a projected loss of $39,000. HMH Chief Financial Officer Lennis Thompson pointed to higher-than-projected outpatient volumes as a major factor in HMH’s positive financial performance.
Mary Alford can be reached at 270-505-1741 or email@example.com.