Hillsdale Hospital finds an innovative solution to a pressing problem

What’s going on: It was earlier this year, February 2022, when the Chartis Center for Rural Health named Hillsdale Hospital as one of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the country. It’s programs like the recently announced PET/CT scan services that are likely to be among the main reasons why. Hillsdale Hospital has introduced an innovative solution to providing PET/CT scans in an otherwise underserved area, a mobile PET/CT scan machine that visits their Hillsdale campus every week.

What it is: Hillsdale Hospital uses a mobile Siemens Biograph MCT-20 machine for PET/CT scans every Wednesday at its Hillsdale campus. It’s the kind of equipment comparable to what’s found in larger hospitals and academic health systems, typical of more urban, densely populated areas, services that residents of Hillsdale and surrounding communities sometimes have to drive hours to access. . PET/CT scans play a critical role in the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of cancer, heart disease, brain disorders and more.

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Top 100: Introduced 12 years ago, the Chartis Rural Hospital Performance INDEX rates rural and community hospitals by inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspective, cost, charge and financial efficiency. It is considered by many in the industry to be the most comprehensive assessment of rural hospital performance. “Due to the unique environment in which rural hospitals operate, financial sustainability is much more difficult than in urban and suburban areas. Therefore, we cannot afford to stop or slow down our growth strategy, even in the middle of a pandemic,” said JJ Hodshire, president and CEO, at the time of her name being in the top 100. The weekly mobile PET/CT scans serve as yet another instance of Hillsdale Hospital doing just that.

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Why is it important: “Many PET/CT services book weeks in advance, but we can usually get patients within seven days,” says Rachel Lott, director of marketing and development for Hillsdale Hospital. “This service is critically important to patients who need it – especially those who require routine or regular scans – so having it available close to home will make a real difference in their healthcare journey.”

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Interested in scheduling a PET/CT scan? Patients or their doctor can call (517) 939-1451 or visit www.hillsdalehospital.com.

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