ATHENS — After an extensive renovation, consolidation of services, and a new partnership with a Columbus physician group, O’Bleness Health System’s medical imaging services are on par with the largest and most renowned medical centers in the state.
The partnership with Riverside Radiology and Interventional Associates (RRIA) enables the hospital’s X-rays, MRIs, mammograms, CTs and other scans to be read by top radiology specialists. It takes advantage of technology that allows physicians to share studies with each other through the transmission of images from one location to another.
“This is an exciting benefit for our community because it gives our patients that same level of service and expertise they would expect from OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus or from any large metropolitan hospital,” said Greg Long, President and Chief Executive Officer of O’Bleness Health System. “The field of radiology has become increasingly specialized and we are pleased to be able to offer to our patients specialists in each area of our imaging to ensure accurate and speedy diagnosis and treatment.”
The electronic pipeline to Columbus is part of a recently-completed renovation of the hospital’s radiology department that also includes a consolidation of services and a new mammography suite. “Our goals were to improve privacy, patient flow and accommodations,” said Debra Adams, administrative director of radiology. “It looks like a different place.
RRIA provides all of the hospital’s diagnostic radiology services. With more than 80 physicians trained at some of the nation’s finest medical centers, Riverside Radiology and Interventional Associates (RRIA) is Ohio’s largest independent radiology group and ranked 17th in the nation by Radiology Business Journal.
O’Bleness is among 26 Ohio hospitals that receive services from RRIA. “We provide physicians trained in specific modalities and conditions to enhance the quality of care and improve patient outcomes,” said Mark Alfonso, MD, president of RRIA. “The responsibility of being an integrated partner with the hospitals we serve is one we take very seriously, and we are pleased to begin this association with the outstanding staff at O’Bleness.”
The recent changes give O’Bleness continuous coverage of diagnostic radiology throughout the hospital at all hours, including the emergency department.
Longtime O’Bleness radiologists John Murrey, DO, and Jeffry Benseler, DO, have joined RRIA and continue to practice at O’Bleness. “Through the use of technology, we feel like we have created the best possible scenario for the community,” Adams said. “We still have local management of our department with local physicians, while offering access to these specialists in Columbus.”
Other renovations of the radiology department include the following:
Bone density testing and mammography have been relocated from the Castrop Center to consolidate imaging services at one site for the convenience of patients. The hospital now offers a full array of radiologic services including CT, MRI, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, x-ray, bone density testing and mammography.
The new mammography suite improves privacy, comfort and patient flow. It is designed for patients to proceed directly from the dressing room into the exam area without having to wait in a public area. Digital mammography remains the standard of care.
The renovation highlights a more healing environment with the strategic use of color, light, plants, artwork and furnishings. The artwork features photography by O’Bleness radiology technologists, Lindsay Hoffman and Angela McDonald.