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Hospital system investing in local facilities

Thursday, January 17, 2013

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Physical plant improvements have been high on the priority list lately for both campuses of the Mississippi County Hospital System, some budgeted items and some funded through grant money.
Physical plant improvements have been high on the priority list lately for both campuses of the Mississippi County Hospital System, some budgeted items and some funded through grant money.

At Great River Medical Center in Blytheville, upgrades include new equipment in the hematology lab which runs blood counts, as well as an infant alarm system and electronic documentation in the Women's Center. The infant alarm system includes a component which all the new babies wear, and goes off if a newborn is taken too closely to exit points in the Women's Center.

A new roof is also currently being installed on the building. The complete main structure of the building is being re-roofed, and is likely to be completed within 60 days.

GRMC also recently acquired a new MRI machine, which puts the hospital's capability for MRI testing on par with hospitals in Memphis and Jonesboro. According to Chief Nursing Officer Chris Raymer, the Symphony MRI machine is capable of certain high demand specialty tests, including breast and pancreatic MRIs, which the hospital had formerly been sending patients out of town to receive.

Both the Blytheville and Osceola hospitals have also received aesthetic improvements with paint, carpeting and new signage.

The system's facility in Osceola has a new HVAC system and generator, and has joined GRMC in having trauma designation and appointment as part of the Arkansas Saves program for stroke patients, which provides a webcam link to a neurologist offsite who can evaluate stroke patients and save time in getting them the proper treatment.

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