At Madison Hospital, we continually re-invest in our facility and technology to help ensure the best possible experience for our patients and visitors.
We plan to roll out three projects in 2017 that should reduce ER wait times while significantly increasing our imaging capabilities.
Construction will soon be under way on two new Emergency Department exam rooms – the fourth ER expansion in five years. We opened with 12 exam rooms; previous expansions pushed that to 20 rooms, but we need more to better accommodate the large number of patients coming to us for emergency treatment. With more exam rooms, more patients can receive care simultaneously. That means less waiting in the lobby.
We are adding a second Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in our ground-floor Imaging Department. MRIs use a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed, high-resolution images of the organs and tissues within your body. It is used to help diagnose a number of conditions including stroke, heart disease, tumors, blood vessel blockages, spinal cord injuries and aneurysms.
We will install a second nuclear medicine camera to help identify heart disease, tumors, infection and other disorders.
Director of Emergency, Imaging, Cardiopulmonary and Registration Services Ryan Murray said having a second MRI and nuclear medicine camera should mean much faster service for people who need outpatient diagnostic studies.
“When you’re sick and the doctor has ordered an MRI, you want it done as quickly as possible,” said Murray. “This project could be the difference in someone having their study done tomorrow instead of next week.”
Emergency Department Medical Director Dr. Jeffrey S. Johnson said the hospital has added more ER physicians and nurses to help keep pace with growing patient demand, along with the new exam rooms.
“Our goal has always been to provide high-quality emergency care in the most efficient manner possible,” said Dr. Johnson.