State-of-the-Art MRI arrives at FCMC
Charles City, IA—Floyd County Medical Center (FCMC) had a very special delivery arrive on Tuesday, August 1, 2023. Instead of ten fingers and toes, the hospital’s typical “special delivery”, this delicate arrival travelled thousands of miles—across the Atlantic Ocean—to its new home in the Radiology and Imaging Department at FCMC in Charles City.
“With our new MRI, we will be able to offer additional diagnostic studies that we currently are not able to like MRI pelvis and others. Down the road, we’ll be able to expand further with MRI Breast scans,” FCMC’s Radiology Director, Joanie Behnke, shared while the MRI was being unloaded. “Since this machine is much larger in diameter than the mobile unit we’ve had, it will accommodate those who need more space. We were looking at the needs of our patients to have these services here and avoid travel, all in the comfort of our newly renovated Radiology Department.”
The brand new Siemens 1.5T Magnetom Altea Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) allows for the ultimate in high quality images that will allow for enhanced clinical performance and detail. The more spacious features will increase patient comfort, while the reduced scan times will result in the Medical Center being able to take more images per day.
With the installation underway, Henkel Construction crews will now work to complete interior renovations and sheetrock the exterior wall—part of the hospital’s capital improvements and 3-year strategic plan. This upgrade is one of many new services available at FCMC, thanks in part to current renovations to the Radiology and Imaging Department.
“This is such an exciting event for FCMC and our community! FCMC is poised for growth in areas of orthopedics, cardiac, therapies, surgery, pain management and cancer-related care,” explains Dawnett Willis, CEO. “With all these services, MRI plays a vital role. That’s why we’re focusing on the need for patient friendly, safe, high-quality equipment to appropriately care for the communities we serve.”
Frank Quintana, Siemons’ global installation engineer, and his crew will continue work on the new MRI’s installation for the next two weeks before the large magnet is turned on to begin the calibration process. Hospital officials estimate the new imaging for patients will begin the first week of September 2023.
Floyd County Medical Center is a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital and Rural Health Clinic located in the charming northeast Iowa river town of Charles City, Iowa. FCMC provides inpatient and skilled nursing care, as well as numerous outpatient services and specialty clinics.
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