Thanks to $1.6M grant, mobile MRI technology coming to 4 Nevada hospitals
In 2020, NRHP was awarded a $1.6 million grant by the William N. Pennington Foundation to purchase the new mobile MRI system that will soon travel to four Northern Nevada NRHP member hospitals.
Photo: Eva LaBarge / NRHP
Last week, Nevada Rural Hospital Partners, an alliance of 13 small rural hospitals in the Silver State, announced the rollout of new state-of-the-art mobile MRI technology. In 2020, NRHP was awarded a $1.6 million grant by the William N. Pennington Foundation to purchase the system that will travel to four Northern Nevada NRHP member hospitals: Battle Mountain General Hospital in Battle Mountain; Mt. Grant General Hospital in Hawthorne; Pershing General Hospital in Lovelock; and South Lyon Medical Center in Yerington. “This Mobile MRI provides much needed and important diagnostic care to patients in their own communities,” Joan Hall, president of NRHP, said in a statement. “Our mission is to assure the viability of rural healthcare and providing MRI services assists in meeting our mission.”
A look inside the unit. Photo: Eva LaBarge / NRHP
According to a Nov. 4 press release, the system uses a GE SIGNA Voyager 1.5 to scan patients and provides an enhanced level of patient comfort while providing the latest in diagnostic imaging technology. “Given our remote, frontier location, having state-of-the-art MRI diagnostic capabilities available in Hawthorne is truly remarkable,” Hugh Qualls, administrator of Mt. Grant General Hospital, said in a statement. “Residents of West-Central Nevada no longer must travel hundreds of miles for a scan, and we cannot thank the William N. Pennington Foundation enough for their thoughtfulness and generosity.” Per the release, ribbon pulling ceremonies will be held in the coming weeks at each of the hospitals to welcome the mobile MRI.