April 4, 2014

CAMC Teays Valley Hospital continues to expand facilities and improve services. Since taking over operations in 2006, the hospital has invested $10 million in new equipment.

Critical expansion
A state-of-the-art intensive care unit opened to patients in January along with two hyperbaric oxygen chambers and a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system.

The ICU expansion was necessary to improve the overall utilization of the intensive care beds at Teays Valley Hospital.

Private rooms in the ICU not only reduce infection rates but also improve the overall healing process for patients. The quietness of a private room will help to ease the stress of a stay in ICU. Stress can increase blood pressure and may contribute to a longer length of stay in the hospital. It also makes it possible for family members to stay with their loved ones 24/7.

"These are just steps on our journey," said Randy Hodges CAMC Teays Valley Hospital vice president/administrator. "We're going to keep upgrading and work to increase the number of specialists that practice here as we strive to provide the best health care to our community."

New MRI: more patient comfort
CAMC Teays Valley Hospital has installed a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system that combines a larger opening for obese and claustrophobic patients with the ability to capture high-field quality diagnostic images.

"This is going to increase our efficiency and patient convenience," said April Bostic, medical imaging manager, CAMC Teays Valley Hospital. "The patient-friendly design of this magnet will make it easier for large patients and those with claustrophobia to have a MRI examination, which produces higher quality images. This will potentially reduce the need to repeat and interrupt exams."

With an increasing number of American adults classified as overweight, hospitals are challenged to accommodate larger patients with imaging systems that were designed for people who weigh much less. Currently, patients too large to fit inside the high-field MRI have image studies done in open MRI systems with low-field magnets. This limits the diagnostic usefulness of the images obtained.

Claustrophobic patients present another challenge for MRI systems. The new MRI features an opening of nearly 2.3 feet in diameter and almost 1 foot of free space between a patient's head and the magnet. It also allows more than 60 percent of exams to be completed with the patient's head outside the machine, helping to ease claustrophobia.

The new system provides up to four times more signal-to-noise ratio over traditional open MRI designs and can perform advanced clinical applications in less time.

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