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Los Alamos Medical Center Unveils New CT Scanner

on March 7, 2016 - 12:24pm
From left, LAMC CEO Feliciano Jiron, Director of Diagnostic Imaging Fred Walker, Medical Director of Diagnostic Imaging Dr. Melanie Pickering and CT Technologist Charlie Trujillo prepare to cut the ribbon Tuesday on the long-awaited, much-anticipated Optima 660 64 slice CT scanner. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
LAMC's Director of Diagnostic Imaging Fred Walker discusses the new CT scanner during a gathering Tuesday at the hospital. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
LAMC Marketing Diector Mary Bath Maassen listens to Director of Diagnostic Imaging Fred Walker's presentation together with Dr. Patrick Dawson, Dr. Lori Whitley and Dr. Brian Haigh. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Excitement rippled through Los Alamos Medical Center Tuesday as a brand new, state of the art, Optima 660 64 slice CT scanner was unveiled.

Physicians, board members, department directors and staff gathered for a special ribbon cutting ceremony on the first floor of the medical center at 3917 West Road to dedicate the new machine.

“This scanner minimizes dose while delivering diagnostic image quality and it serves a broad range of applications including cardiac, angiography, brain, chest, abdomen, orthopedic and more,” said Fred Walker, LAMC’s director of Diagnostic Imaging.

The installation of the new CT scanner marks the fifth piece of state of the art diagnostic imaging equipment acquired recently by LAMC, he said. Last year the hospital installed a 9900 Elite, which provides 100 times more image computing power than previous OEC C-arms. Also purchased in 2015 is a Precision 500D Radiographic and Fluoroscopic system. This cutting edge equipment fulfills a variety of R&F roles. The hospital also purchased two LogiQ E9 Ultrasound machines that deliver excellent image quality on a wide variety of body types.

“We’ve invested nearly $4 million to purchase this important equipment, which allows us the ability to provide the very best in diagnostic care for our patients,” LAMC CEO Feliciano Jiron said. “We’re so pleased to have all this available for the community.”

Along with obtaining state of the art equipment, Jiron and his staff have implemented a number of innovative improvements at the hospital over the last couple of years that haven’t gone unnoticed. Last summer, Jiron was tapped to represent small hospitals on the American Hospital Association Section for Small or Rural Hospitals Governing Council. The national advisory committee represents AHA constituents and counsels AHA on advocacy, policy and strategic planning issues. He explained that the appointment provides LAMC the opportunity to help with policy making and strategic planning.

Also last year, LAMC again earned the top spot as the highest-rated hospital in northern New Mexico as determined by a nationwide rating system introduced by the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

From left, Cleo Vigil, Mammographer, Loretta Rivera, Lead Technologist, Charlie Trujillo, CT Technologist, and Maleea Medina, CT Technologist, with the new Optima 64 slice CT scanner. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Another view of LAMC's new Optima 660 64 slice CT scanner. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The monitor on LAMC's new Optima 660 64 slice CT scanner features various videos for patients to watch. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The OEC 9900 Elite was purchased last year. It provides 100 times more image computing power than previous OEC C-arms. Photo by Fred Walker

The Precision 500D Radiographic and Fluoroscopic system was purchased in 2015. This state-of-the-art equipment fulfills a variety of R&F roles. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Another recent diagnostic imaging acquisition: the LogiQ E9 Ultrasound machine. It delivers excellent image quality on a wide variety of body types. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff has lunch during Tuesday's event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Charlie Trujillo, CT Technologist, and Maleea Medina, CT Technologist, and Loretta Rivera, Lead Technologist with Dr. Cheryl Kirk, Dr. Josiah Child and Dr. Carolyn Linnebur enjoy the celebratory lunch buffet. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAMC Advisory Board member Kelly Myer and LAMC Human Resources Director Jacqui Carroll. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, Dr. James Ziomek, Dr. Salim Amrani, LAMC Director of Support Services Marc Witkowski and Dr. Michael Jackson. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, Dr. Danielle Bridge, Dr. Lynda Adrouche-Amrani and Dr. Jacqueline Krohn. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Dr. Jesse Knight and Dr. Madhavi Garimella. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Classic Air Medical flight nurse Jenevra Foisy with LAMC CEO Feliciano Jiron at Tuesday's special event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAMC Chief Nursing Officer Teresa Reynolds chats with Director of Diagnostic Imaging Fred Walker Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Dr. Ross Bridge with LARSO Marketing Director Cynthia Goldblatt. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAMC Director of Environmental Services Mary Pacheco cuts the cake to celebrate Tuesday's event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Employees share cake at Tuesday's event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


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