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Spectrum Health United Hospital unveils new MRI unit 


 

New MRI provides patients with faster exams, excellent images, and an open concept that reduces claustrophobia

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) exams—non-invasive  diagnostic imaging exams of soft tissue, bone and muscles—have become one of the fastest growing types of medical diagnostic tests in the United States. With Spectrum Health’s recent installation of a MAGNETOM® Aera 1.5T Open Bore MRI system, patients can now experience faster, more comfortable exams without leaving Greenville.

“United’s new MRI scanner is the latest technology available, one of the most advanced in West Michigan. It will allow us to perform more types of scans closer to home, where people really need us most,” said Dave DeBoode, Director of Clinical Diagnostics at Spectrum Health United Hospital.

Benefits of the MAGNETOM Aera 1.5T Open Bore include:

  • Superb image quality that may be used for a wide range of medical needs, from orthopedic and sports-related injuries to breast cancer testing, and can help physicians make quicker, more accurate diagnoses.
  • The tube-like structure of an MRI machine (where the patient lies during the imaging process) is larger and can accommodate patients up to 550 pounds.
  • The system’s ultra-short bore (145 cm) can help to alleviate concerns of claustrophobia since many exams can be performed with the patient’s head outside of the bore.
  • Mood lighting on the system, which can help create a calming environment for patients in the examination room.

“The new MRI unit is state of the art and it is an open magnet which allows us to accommodate more patients, said John Merchun, MD, Advanced Radiology Services, Spectrum Health United Hospital. “The newly constructed addition to the hospital that houses the magnet is both functional and beautiful. We will also be able to add new services in the near future such as breast and cardiac MRI. We are well equipped to serve the needs of the community for years to come.”

To schedule an appointment for an MRI or any other diagnostic imaging performed at United Hospital (including x-ray, Computerized Tomography (CT), ultrasound, digital mammography, nuclear medicine, breast biopsy, or bone densitometry), call 616.225.9090.

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First Baby of 2014 at Spectrum Health United Hospital


BUS-First-baby-PHOTO-2014-at-UnitedSeth James Nicholson was the first baby born in 2014 at Spectrum Health United Hospital, in Greenville.

He was born at 9:39 pm on January 2, 2014 in United Hospital’s obstetrics unit. His parents, Annette and Tim Nicholson, live in Stanton.

Seth weighed 4 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 17 inches long. He was delivered by Dr. Andrea Sterling.

 

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Spectrum Health United Hospital plans expansion for Obstetrics Department


At Spectrum Health United Hospital, new moms come from all walks of life and with unique birthing plans that staff and physicians seek to accommodate whenever possible. But one variable remains constant—every expectant parent hopes that the welcoming of a new baby will be the best experience possible. To make those hopes a reality, planning is underway to expand and renovate the obstetrics department at United Hospital.

The project will create five additional private postpartum rooms and renovate space to include three private labor and delivery suites. The end result will be eight postpartum care rooms and one additional labor and delivery room. This renovation will allow for enhanced privacy, patient experience and growth.

“We strive to provide the best possible care to our patients” said Andrea Sterling, DO, United Hospital OBGYN. “Through this expansion and renovation, patients and families at United Hospital will be provided with more comfort and an enhanced exceptional experience.”

Philanthropic support is essential to add these new private rooms. Recently, Spectrum Health Foundation United & Kelsey Hospitals approved the designation of proceeds from the 2014 charity ball to the renovation project. The 2014 charity ball will be held on Saturday, February 9 at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids.

For information on how you can help make the OB department expansion possible, contact the Spectrum Health Foundation United & Kelsey Hospitals at 616.225.6427. To make an appointment with a Spectrum Health United Hospital OB provider, call 616.754.2944.

 

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Spectrum Health United Hospital receives award


Formally acknowledged for pollution prevention program

 

Spectrum Health United Hospital was awarded the 2013 “Partner for Change” Award by Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading health care membership community that empowers its members to increase their efficiencies and environmental stewardship while improving patient safety and care. The Award is one of the organization’s Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor outstanding environmental achievements in the health care sector.

The Partner for Change Award recognizes health care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon their mercury elimination, waste reduction, recycling and source reduction programs. At a minimum, facilities applying for this Award must be recycling 15 percent of their total waste, have reduced regulated medical waste, are well along the way to mercury elimination, and have developed other successful pollution prevention programs in many different areas.

“This award proves that Spectrum Health United Hospital is committed to eliminating mercury, reducing waste, recycling and preventing pollution, among other environmentally preferable practices,” said Laura Wenger, RN, Executive Director, Practice Greenhealth. “Practice Greenhealth is pleased to recognize them for these efforts.”

As evidenced in a recent Health Care Research Collaborative study, “Can Sustainable Hospitals Help Bend the Health Care Cost Curve?” introducing environmental sustainability measures in hospitals not only results in significant savings, it won’t increase operating costs.  The implications are clear — given the return on investment, all hospitals should adopt and expand their sustainability programs.

“We are proud to positively impact our environment” said Tina Freese-Decker, President, Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospitals. “Our sustainability efforts have enabled United Hospital to be better stewards of our resources, environment and costs, all in an effort to provide better value and high quality care for our patients.”

The Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards were presented in Boston, MA, at CleanMed, Thr premier national environmental conference for leaders in health care sustainability.

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Diabetes and CPR classes in Greenville


United Lifestyles, a member of Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville, is offering a three-session Diabetes Education group class, and a CPR class in May.

Diabetes classes

The diabetes classes will be held on Wednesdays, beginning May 9, 2012 from 1 to 4 p.m. at 407 S. Nelson, Greenville. This American Diabetes Association recognized program includes education on glucose levels, dietary guidelines, and management techniques. Most insurances cover all or part of the class fees, with a physician’s signature. Registration is required. For more information, call 616.754.6185, ext. 100 or 800.406.4551.

CPR class

The CPR class will be on Thursday, May 10, 2012 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at 407 S. Nelson, Greenville. This comprehensive community class includes CPR for Adult, Infant & Child and Automated External Defibrillation (AED) training. Cost for the class is $40. Registration is required. An on-line renewal option is available. For more information, call 616.754.6185, ext. 100 or 800.406.4551.

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Hospital adds advanced nuclear diagnostic imaging and accreditation by ICANL


A new camera will aid physicians in making more informed decisions in evaluation of heart, cancer, other diseases at Spectrum Health United Hospital.

The hospital recently announced the opening of a newly expanded nuclear medicine suite, featuring the BrightView nuclear imaging system—or gamma camera—from Philips Healthcare. With the camera, staff can perform non-invasive, highly advanced diagnostic imaging that can be used for diagnosis and treatment planning.

Unlike some imaging tests, nuclear imaging allows clinicians to see how a part of the body is functioning at the metabolic level. This improved diagnostic confidence may alter the course of action and improve patient care. For instance, a patient may be able to avoid a biopsy or an invasive surgical procedure.

Nuclear imaging is an important diagnostic technology for heart and vascular conditions as well as various forms of cancer. It is also extremely useful for other common applications such as bone, pulmonary, brain, thyroid, and renal imaging.

The advanced system allows clinicians to perform a powerful type of nuclear imaging called SPECT (Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography) that allows visualization of activity within structures deep inside the body. SPECT is particularly useful for cardiology, brain, and some orthopedic and oncology applications. It generates 3D images whereas non-SPECT, or planar imaging, consists of 2D snapshots or moving images of physiology.

“The addition of the new nuclear medicine camera broadens our applications for nuclear medicine imaging, including the ability to use the latest technologies, such as concurrent imaging,” said Percy Mahar, Chief Clinical Officer at Spectrum Health United Hospital. “This means we can provide a higher level of diagnostic confidence for enhanced patient care.”

He added that the new nuclear medicine suite will be utilized by all areas of the hospital, including the Spectrum Health United Heart & Vascular Center, scheduled to open this spring. “Technologists will partner with the cardiologists, using the camera to detect heart disorders earlier with clearer, more defined images of the heart.”

United Hospital receives nuclear cardiology accreditation

United Hospital’s Cardiovascular Imaging Lab recently received accreditation of the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories (ICANL).  This accreditation means that United Hospital has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts.  This accreditation is only granted to facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process including case study review.

The ICANL accreditation is considered a seal of approval that patients can expect the facility has been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of nuclear medicine.

 

 

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Get healthy with United Lifestyles


Dates UPDATED: 1/6/2012

United Lifestyles, a member of Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville, is offering two programs this month.
Walk and Talk: Trying to lose those holiday pounds? Join Renee DeFrang, Registered Dietitian, for a weekly weigh-in followed by a 10 minute motivational talk on weight loss and a 10 minute group walk. The cost for the program is $30.  The program will be held on Wednesdays starting January 18 through February 29, 2012 from 4 to 4:30 p.m. at Greenville High School, Room 534, 111 Hillcrest, Greenville. (Park in the lot off of Yellow Jacket Drive and use the back entrance.) Registration is required. For more information, call 616.754.6185, ext. 100 or 800.406.4551.
Diabetes question and answer session: United Lifestyles is offering a free question and answer session with a pharmacist on diabetes medications. The session will be on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 from 4:30 to 5 p.m. at 407 S. Nelson, Greenville. Registration is required. For more information, call 616.754.6185, ext. 100 or 800.406.4551.

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Diabetes Education


United Lifestyles, a member of Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville, is offering a three-session Diabetes Education group class. The classes will be held on Wednesdays, beginning December 7, 2011 from 1 to 4 p.m. at 407 S. Nelson, Greenville. This American Diabetes Association recognized program includes education on glucose levels, dietary guidelines, and management techniques.  Most insurances cover all or part of the class fees, with a physician’s signature. Registration is required. For more information, call 616.754.6185, ext. 100 or 800.406.4551.

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Diabetes question & answer session


United Lifestyles, a member of Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville, is offering a free question and answer session with a Diabetes Educator. The session will be on Thursday, November 17, 2011 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at 407 S. Nelson, Greenville.
The diabetes educator will answer questions on diabetes prevention, risk factors and healthy lifestyle tips. A sample recipe demonstration will be provided. Registration is required.  For more information, call 616.754.6185, ext. 100 or 800.406.4551.
United Lifestyles is a dedicated, multi-disciplinary team of health care partners focusing on preventing illness and disease.  The goal is to use education and preventive measures to help curb high costs of health care and promote healthy lifestyles within our communities.

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Driver Safety Program for ages 50-plus


United Lifestyles, a member of Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville, is offering an AARP Driver Safety Program. The program will be on Monday, November 14, 2011 and Tuesday, November 15, 2011 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at 407 S. Nelson, Greenville.
The program is a classroom driver refresher course for drivers ages 50 and older.  The course explains the changes that occur in vision, hearing, and reaction time as we age and provides useful driving safety tips for handling these changes. This eight-hour class is held in two sessions.
The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-AARP members.  For November only the class is free to veterans and/or veteran’s spouses (with some form of military identification).  Registration is required.  For more information, call 616.754.6185, ext. 100 or 800.406.4551.

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