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Local Hospitals Launch Joint MRI Service
Start Date
05/01/2012
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LOCAL HOSPITALS LAUNCH JOINT MRI SERVICE

St. John River District Hospital and St. Joseph Mercy Hospital are pleased to announce the launch of a new diagnostic imaging service: Advanced MRI. A joint undertaking between the two hospitals, Advanced MRI is dedicated to the provision of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) across St. Clair County.

Advanced MRI services will be provided at either St. John River District Hospital, in East China Township; or Mercy Health Center, in Fort Gratiot Township. Utilizing mobile MRI equipment, this diagnostic imaging service is a medical imaging technique generally used in the diagnosis and treatment planning for bone and joint disease, soft tissue disease, brain and neurological issues and in treatment of back and spine conditions. A seamless launch transition is expected, and patients and referring physicians can obtain an appointment at either location by calling 810-985-1455.

"More often than not, patients accessing MRI services are doing so on an outpatient basis," comments Rebekah Smith, interim president and chief executive officer (CEO) at St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron (SJMPH). "As the leading provider of mobile MRI diagnostic imaging in the region we, along with St. John River District Hospital (SJRDH), are uniquely positioned to provide this important service to residents from southern St. Clair County up and into the Thumb communities."

According to Frank Poma, president of St. John River District Hospital, "We are looking forward to building a partnership that provides the highest level of service and the most advanced imaging to the community. Physicians and local leaders continue to ask that we find ways to work collaboratively with area healthcare providers to reduce costs and steward the healthcare resources of our community. We are pleased to be able to meet that expectation through our joint work with St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron."

The launch of Advanced MRI is the result of the discontinuation of Tri-Hospital MRI, a joint venture among SJMPH, SJRDH and Port Huron Hospital. The joint venture officially concluded April 30, 2012.

"We are pleased to continue our long-standing relationship with St. John River District Hospital," concludes Smith. "Working jointly to elevate the healthcare status of the community is something we are deeply committed to and obviously have in common."

For ease in scheduling an appointment at either Advanced MRI location, please call 810-985-1455.

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