|[January 07, 2013]
AHRA and Toshiba Announce 2012 Putting Patients First Grant Recipients
TUSTIN, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Helping facilities develop or improve existing education and patient
care initiatives in diagnostic imaging, AHRA: The Association for
Medical Imaging Management and Toshiba (News - Alert) America Medical Systems, Inc.
announced the seven recipients of the fifth annual Putting Patients
First grant program.
Six grants of up to $7,500 were awarded to hospitals, three focused on
pediatrics and three on overall imaging, and one grant of up to $20,000
was awarded to an Integrated Delivery Network (IDN)/hospital system.
"As the landscape of the healthcare industry continues to change,
programs like Putting Patients First remain critical," said Carlos
Vasquez, AHRA president, CRA, FAHRA. "These grants enable healthcare
facilities to implement innovative programs that may not have been
IDN grant awarded to:
Akron Children's Hospital (Akron, Ohio) - The Radiology
Patient & Family Education Program: will develop educational materials
to increase the knowledge levels of patients and their families of the
radiation dose they will receive during examinations.
Three pediatric programs:
Crouse Hospital (Syracuse, N.Y.) - Acquiring Two Movable
Lead Walls: will reduce the radiation dose to neighboring NICU babies
by purchasing two movable lead walls to place between infants at the
time of X-ray.
Connecticut Children's Medical Center (Hartford, Conn.) -
Acquiring Two "Laser Localizer" Accessories: to provide training of
radiologic technologists in proper use of this tool for existing 9900
C-arms, which will greatly reduce the amount of time patients are
exposed to ionizing radiation.
Mission Children's Hospital Reuter Outpatient Center (Ashville,
N.C.) - Child Life Intervention to Prepare Children for MRI
Procedures: establishing the use of therapeutic play to reduce anxiety
prior to imaging exams.
Three general program winners:
The Methodist Hospital (Houston, Texas) - Commit to Sit:
focuses on establishing early, effective communication to improve
patient safety and satisfaction using open dialogue and active
Catalina Island Medical Center (Avalon, Calif.) - ACT
Now: to purchase materials to improve patient comfort, and implement
protocols in ultrasound and CT regarding patient processing and
communication and decreased contrast, infection and radiation exposure.
Salem Township Hospital (Salem, Ill.) - CT Contrast &
Weight-Based Dosing: designed to improve patient safety and patient
care while providing weight-based dosing, quality assurance metrics,
automatic documentation and integration into PACS and RIS.
"Toshiba is committed to improving patient care through the development
of innovative and advanced medical imaging technologies," said Cathy
Wolfe, senior director, Corporate and Strategic Communications, Toshiba.
"The Putting Patients First grants allow facilities to ensure patient
safety and comfort, provide continuing education for physicians and
share best practices with other institutions."
In addition to receiving grants, all winning programs will be featured
in an AHRA publication. The Putting Patients First program is funded by
an unrestricted educational grant from Toshiba America Medical Systems,
AHRA: The Association for Medical Imaging Management is the preeminent
organization for leaders in medical imaging. AHRA offers a complete
slate of professional development programs, including a comprehensive
selection of education conferences and seminars through its Leadership
Institute, diverse networking opportunities, award-winning publications
and the Certified Radiology Administrator credential. Founded in 1973,
AHRA's more than 4,000 members represent management at all levels for
freestanding imaging centers, hospital imaging departments and group
practices. More information about AHRA can be found at www.ahraonline.org.
About Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc.
With headquarters in Tustin, Calif., Toshiba America Medical Systems
(TAMS) markets, sells, distributes and services radiology and
cardiovascular systems, including CT, MR, ultrasound, X-ray and
cardiovascular equipment, and coordinates clinical diagnostic imaging
research for all modalities in the United States. For more information,
visit the TAMS website at www.medical.toshiba.com.
About Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation is a leading worldwide provider of
medical diagnostic imaging systems and comprehensive medical solutions,
such as CT, X-ray and vascular, ultrasound, nuclear medicine and MRI
systems, as well as information systems for medical institutions.
Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation has been providing medical products
for over 80 years. Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation is a wholly owned
subsidiary of Toshiba. AHRA and Toshiba Announce Grant Winners
Toshiba is a world-leading diversified manufacturer, solutions provider
and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products and systems.
Toshiba Group brings innovation and imagination to a wide range of
businesses: digital products, including LCD TVs, notebook PCs, retail
solutions and MFPs; electronic devices, including semiconductors,
storage products and materials; industrial and social infrastructure
systems, including power generation systems, smart community solutions,
medical systems and escalators & elevators; and home appliances.
Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more
than 550 consolidated companies, with 202,000 employees worldwide and
annual sales surpassing 6.1 trillion yen (US$74 billion). Visit
Toshiba's website at www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm.
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