With the installation of the new CT scanner, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital has completed phase one of a $2.1 million construction project.
The new CT is a 64-slice scanner while the last CT scanner only had a 16-slice capability. The new technology will provide a much clearer, sharper image of the patient. This is safer for the patient because it lessens their exposure to radiation, which is especially important to patients who may receive multiple scans during their lifetime.
Julie Aultis the HSHS Good Shepherd technologist who trained with the applications specialist and will help train others. She will also be working with the radiologists on protocols for the system.
“We are very excited to have this new piece of equipment so that we can deliver the best service possible to our patients,” Ault said. “Four of our CT technologists are board certified and have over 40-years of combined experience. Each technologist completed 32-hours of training on the new system.”
“It is rare for rural hospitals to have this degree of definition from a CT scanner,” said HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital President and CEO Aaron Puchbauer. “We are very happy to be able to have this kind of imaging definition ready for our patients’ needs 24/7. This is an important part of our construction phase to complete.”
About HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital
Since its inception in 1916, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville (GSS) has been dedicated to excellence in healthcare for those living and visiting their communities. GSS has accomplished this by providing comprehensive health services and meeting the needs of patients served through their compassionate care, business integrity and community responsibility. GSS provides a 24/7 emergency department that is fully staffed by physicians and highly-trained nurses, and also features inpatient and outpatient services, including a 24-hour laboratory and an imaging department that meets today’s highest standards for diagnostic imaging technology. GSS has an advanced surgery department and an acute inpatient care unit. Dedicated to being a hometown hospital, GSS’ home health and rehabilitation departments are committed to excellence with a team of professional nurses and therapists providing a variety of medical services and rehabilitative therapies, all designed to help patients heal in their own environment. The group of visiting specialists in the outpatient clinic works closely with GSS to help keep the healthcare services local even if a specialized procedure or exam is required. GSS strives to be the first choice for the community’s healthcare needs. For more information about HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital, visit www.hshsgoodshepherd.org.
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high-quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visitwww.hospitalsisters.org.