Patients in St. John’s Episcopal Hospital’s Emergency Department will soon have access to additional state-of-the-art technology to assist in their diagnoses. St. John’s leadership announced that as part of its three-phase, $10 million emergency-department renovation, the hospital will now house a new CT Somatom Definition AS-64 Slice Siemens scanner. The CT scanner will provide vital information and images to help many patients, especially those who are experiencing symptoms of a stroke.
“When treating a potential stroke patient, every minute counts in determining the expected extent of a patient’s recovery,” said St. John’s CEO Gerard Walsh. “The new CT scanner will enable our staff to treat patients more accurately and quickly, meaning improved recovery and even survival outcomes.”
Currently, the hospital utilizes one other CT scanner. The addition of a new scanner means that when routine and emergency down times affect the functionality of one scanner, patients will not necessarily have to be transferred to other hospitals to receive their testing and treatment.
In addition to assisting in the diagnosis of a stroke, the new scanner will be able to detect internal injuries and bleeding, diagnose muscle and bone disorders, and locate tumors, infections, and blood clots.
St. John’s Episcopal Hospital is the only hospital providing emergency and ambulatory care to the densely populated, culturally and economically diverse, and medically underserved populations of the Rockaways and Five Towns in southern Queens County and southwestern Nassau County, New York. Celebrating over 110 years of community care, the 257-bed facility provides people of all faiths with comprehensive preventive, diagnostic treatment and rehabilitative services, regardless of ability to pay. For more information, visit EHS.org.