ROGERSVILLE – A renovated emergency department with cutting-edge technology. One of the fastest medical scanners in the world. A state-of-the-art communications system to transmit and store digital diagnostic images.
These are things most people wouldn’t associate with a small, rural hospital. Most small, rural hospitals aren’t Hawkins County Memorial.
Hawkins County Hospital will have an array of new, life-saving technology on display during a community event Friday, June 4. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch and musical entertainment, and a program and tours follow at 12:30 p.m. All media are invited to attend.
“This is an exciting time for the people of Rogersville and this region,” said Greg Neal, the hospital’s president. “Hawkins County has always had every advantage offered by a community hospital – the down-home care, the family atmosphere, the personal touch.
“But now we are also able to offer technology that can usually only be found in larger, more urban hospitals. We have the best of both worlds.”
The $500,000 emergency department renovation helps caregivers see patients quicker and allows the hospital to offer new services. The emergency department has added four additional emergency beds, a dedicated trauma facility, a designated fast-track area and an occupational health area.
“When people come into the ER, they want to be seen fast,” Neal said. “These improvements will allows us to do just that.”
Another new addition to the hospital will be one of the region’s only 16-slice computed tomography – or CT – scanners, which allows caregivers to scan an entire body in less than 30 seconds. The new scanner, which will be operational in 30-to-90 days, will also be capable of performing angiograms, calcium scoring, virtual colonoscopies and providing rotating images of scans.
And a new digital picture archiving and communication system – or PACS – will make good use of the scans offered by the new CT scanner and other diagnostic technology at Hawkins County. PACS allows caregivers to store high-quality diagnostic images digitally without film, giving physicians the opportunity to access the information from office or home computers.
Hawkins County has also begun using Pyxis automated supply and medical stations to monitor the use of products and medications on a patient-by-patient basis. The automated stations reduce waste and provide increased security using bioscan technology. Also, caregivers to spend less time getting supplies and medications and more time at the patient’s bedside.
“Hawkins County Memorial Hospital is committed to bringing the latest medical technologies to Rogersville and the surrounding communities,” Neal said. “These advancements, combined with the personal touch of our dedicated staff and physicians, will allow us to continue to care for our friends and neighbors right here at home.”