As we begin the new year, the News asked staff at some of the area’s key businesses and organizations to review their accomplishments for 2010 and to provide a glimpse of what’s ahead for 2011.
Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center
By Sylvia Murphy
As we look back at 2010, there have been many great accomplishments at Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center.
The board of directors, staff, community and volunteers have contributed to the successful changes to the healthcare in Margaretville. They have expanded the service offerings, invested in new technology and brought new physicians including specialists to the community.
The emergency department at Margaretville Hospital was just one of the many improvements made to the hospital. The square footage nearly doubled in size adding spacious private rooms including two trauma beds and three individual rooms for emergency cases. The new department also includes the convenience of bedside patient registration through the use of a mobile registration unit.
A brand new CT scanner was delivered to Margaretville Hospital in the fall of 2010. The GE 16-Slice BrightSpeed Elite Select Scanner includes upgraded software that provides images equivalent to those of a 50-slice scanner, among the most sophisticated available. The new scanner features a unique detective system that provides more detail, better quality images and timelier scans. The images are easier for radiologists to read and result in faster, more accurate diagnoses. The scanner provides results that are more intricate than those provided by x-rays. The new technology also improves the ability of healthcare providers at Margaretville Hospital to digitally transport scans to radiologists and physicians at off-site locations.