The past year was a good one for the Spencer Hospital in terms of acquiring new equipment.
Two pieces of equipment were approved and purchased which will replace out of date machines and technology - in turn, giving doctors and technicians better opportunities to help patients.
The first piece, a new Super C-Arm X-ray system at a cost of $117,000, is used to provide imaging during surgical procedures and epidural placements. There are currently three C-Arms at the hospital: One is about 10 years old, leaving the other two to be fought over by the staff.
This new Super C is bigger than the standard size of 28 inches in diameter by five inches. The larger size - 33 inches - helps when moving the arm around the patient in a cramped, sterilized surgical room.
The Super C-Arm is expected to be in place in February.
Spencer Hospital also purchased a new digital portable X-ray machine - the Carestream DRX-Revolution Mobile X-ray system - in early August. A converted digital X-ray machine was also purchased. Together the machines cost $308,000 and can be wheeled directly to the patient. The new portable machine gives instant feedback on the onboard screen.
"It is better for the patient and doctor," Mary Brosnahan, director of diagnostic imaging, said.
Buying these two machines falls into routine replacements for the hospital. It was time, according to Bill Bumgarner, Spencer Hospital president and CEO.
"Each year the hospital projects what their capital needs will be, so these costs were planned for. What we plan to purchase is known to us ahead of time," Bumgarner said.
The hospital has an average annual budget for equipment of $5 million.