It was a cold and rainy day, but that did not dampen enthusiasm as Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital inaugurated a 2,500 square foot MRI addition on Monday.
“Our replacement hospital opened in February 2020 and has been designed for future expansion as needed,” said hospital CEO Lesley Ogden, MD. “Shortly after opening our lovely new facility, it became clear that we really needed to update our MRI so that we could continue to provide high-end diagnostic and therapeutic imaging services to our community. Today, I am happy to report that almost all the necessary funding has been secured and that we are ready to move forward with this important project.
Representatives from Gerding Builders, North Lincoln Health District, North Lincoln Hospital Foundation and Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital attended the groundbreaking ceremony.
Project supported by generous contributions
Project costs total $ 4.3 million. This includes approximately $ 1 million for the purchase of the Siemens Magnetom Altea-KMAT open-bore MRI system and $ 3.3 million for the design / build by Gerding Builders, LLC. Construction begins in January and will end in early summer 2022.
Project contributions include two donations totaling $ 1.33 million from the tax-funded North Lincoln Health District, a $ 250,000 grant from the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust, as well as additional donations and pledges from members of the community and Samaritan staff totaling nearly $ 1.73 million. The fundraiser was led by the North Lincoln Hospital Foundation.
Dr Ogden pointed out that when planning for the project began, the total cost was expected to be around $ 2 million, but with inflationary construction costs, that price doubled to $ 4 million.
Benefits of the new MRI and extension
The new MRI will be conveniently located and linked to the north side of the hospital, near the emergency department. The addition will blend in seamlessly with the interior and exterior design, and it will include a separate toilet for all patients and visitors.
Another advantage of this expansion is that the heat generated by the MRI magnet can be captured in the hospital’s chilled water system and converted into heating or cooling, reducing the hospital’s energy consumption.
In an average day, Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital performs six outpatient MRIs and two inpatient / emergency MRIs. MRI is a medical imaging technique that uses a magnetic field and computer-generated radio waves to create detailed images of organs and tissues inside the body.
MRI services have been offered at SNLH for many years. The current GE MRI equipment has reached the end of its useful life and is located in an annex building on campus, away from the new hospital.
For more information on the MRI Project and how you can contribute, contact the North Lincoln Hospital Foundation at [email protected]