Health-care spotlight

June 16, 2008

Washington County Hospital has new scanner

Washington County Hospital recently got a SOMATOM Definition computed tomography (CT) scanner. The hospital is one of less than 100 in the country with this imaging technology, called dual source computed tomography.

The scanner is the first CT scanner to use two X-ray sources and two detectors, giving it twice the speed and resolution of previous CT imaging systems. These capabilities make it possible for radiologists to review results before the patient has left the table, so they can give immediate feedback to the patient and quickly determine treatment options.

CT images have traditionally been measured in slices, cross-sectional horizontal and vertical images of a patient's body. With the new technology, radiologists can perform simultaneous exams at different X-ray energies, which allows them to obtain diverse information about a patient's anatomy in a single scan.

Because X-ray energies are absorbed differently by different areas of the body, radiologists can use the new scanner to better differentiate and isolate these areas.


The dual-source capabilities also enable physicians to further characterize and distinguish plaque, as well as tumors in diagnostic cancer treatments.

Washington County Hospital receives grant for cancer research

Washington County Hospital recently received a $7,755 Targeted Community Investment Grant by the South Atlantic division of the American Cancer Society.

The grant funds will be used to establish an outreach program to raise awareness and educate the African-American community to the importance of prostate cancer screening for men age 45 and older. The outreach program will include a series of educational programs in community-based centers. The programs will include a healthy dinner, and educational presentations by physicians and other health-care providers. Program attendees will be encouraged to utilize community resources, including free screenings and other clinical services available to them. The grant outreach program will be led by Melanie Clifford, oncology care specialist at Washington County Hospital.

"One of our primary objectives is to identify African-American men age 45 and older who are uninsured or underinsured to make them aware of free screening opportunities," Clifford said. "We also want to maintain an ongoing relationship with the African-American community for other cancer prevention, education, and outreach opportunities."

Prosthetics company co-sponsors conference in Hagerstown

The Jack and Anna Hershey Education Center and Antietam Healthcare Foundation and Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics Inc. sponsored a one-day conference, "Vascular Update: Management of cardiovascular risk factors, disease and complications," on May 15 at Robinwood Medical Center east of Hagerstown.

Jeffrey Quelet, Ability CPO and vice president, spoke to conferees about orthotic management of vascular wounds.

Martinsburg hospital participates in perinatal initiative

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -West Virginia University Hospitals-East's City Hospital is participating in a national perinatal initiative to improve clinical care and prevent harm to babies and mothers during the labor and delivery process.

The initiative, organized by the Premier Healthcare Alliance, is a 21-month national collaboration designed to achieve consistent delivery of evidence-based care with the goal of eliminating preventable birth-related injuries and deaths. The collaboration is comprised of 16 hospitals.

City Hospital experienced a record number of births in 2007 at 1,011.

Pinwheel project at Berkeley Springs hospital

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - In recognition of April as Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month, 150 pinwheels were placed on the front lawn of Morgan County War Memorial Hospital. Each pinwheel represents one child who was born to a Morgan County family in 2007 who will need a positive role model while growing up. The pinwheel symbolizes it's your turn to make a difference by being a mentor for the community's children. The pinwheel project was sponsored by Morgan County Starting Points and the Morgan County Partnership.

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