New MRI Suite opens at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital

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ST. JOHNSBURY — On Friday, Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital held an official open house and ribbon cutting for its latest MRI Suite after eight years of working out of a mobile MRI facility.

Prior to the ribbon cutting on December 6th the NVRH Radiologist Richard Bennum, MD spoke about the impact and importance of state-of-the-art medical equipment.

The new MRI addition is a significant upgrade for the hospital’s Diagnostic Imaging wing, that will help improve workflow as well as efficiency for staff.

The new space and equipment will also allow for future growth of MRI services.

“By building this addition, we are going beyond just meeting our patients’ needs,” NVRH CEO Shawn Tester said. “This new space allows us to engage in a more dynamic and patient-focused experience.”

The open house featured tours of the MRI addition’s space and attendees viewed the MRI room.

“Patient health extends beyond just the basic function of completing a test,” Diagnostic Imaging Director Jackie Zaun said. “That’s why, on top of having this incredible machine, we have a comfortable waiting space, beautiful photos on the walls, a changing room and a bathroom located in the suite.”

Orthopaedic surgeon, Matthew Prohaska, MD spoke about the importance and use of the MRI for Four Seasons Orthopaedics, explaining that the new large bore state-of-the-art Siemens magnet will improve image quality, which will lead to improved diagnostics.

“Progress requires collaboration,” NVRH Board Chair Jane Arthur said. “We are in a position to not only offer improved experiences and diagnoses, we are positioning ourselves for future growth, advancement, and collaboration.”

The total cost for the new MRI addition was $3,191,900, and was completed on time and under budget.

It was approved by the Green Mountain Care Board on July 2, 2018.