|[January 27, 2014]
AHRA and Toshiba Select 2013 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 sixth annual Putting Patients
First grant program. Recipients were judged on their program plan and
ability to share best practices for improving patient care and safety in
CT, MR, Ultrasound, X-ray and Vascular imaging.
"Healthcare reform is putting greater pressure on hospitals to reduce
costs while improving patient care and satisfaction," said Ed Yoder,
AHRA president, CRA, FAHRA. "These grants make it possible for
healthcare facilities of any type or size to create or expand programs
or training that address their specific challenges and meet this
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.
IDN grant awarded to:
OhioHealth (Columbus, Ohio) - OhioHealth's Lung Cancer
Screening Program: will use a video developed and produced by
OhioHealth Cancer Services to highlight the advantages of a
comprehensive approach to lung cancer screening, diagnosis and
treatment, as well as the importance of smoking cessation.
Three pediatric programs:
Medical City Dallas (Dallas, Texas) - City Scans for
Kids: will create an interactive website that increases preparation
and decreases stress and anxiety prior to radiology procedures.
Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center (Baton Rouge, La.) -
Reducing Cervical Spine Imaging in Pediatric Trauma Patients less than
Age 11: will use a research-supported pediatric cervical spine
clearance protocol to reduce radiation exposure in children younger
than 11 years who present to the pediatric trauma service.
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, Pa.) -
Brave Kid Capes/Super Hero Support: will help minimize the anxiety
that younger patients often sense when undergoing radiology imaging
Three general program winners:
San Joaquin General Hospital (French Camp, Calif.) - Agents of
Shielding: will train medical and resident staffs regarding radiation
protection when using radiation-producing imaging devices.
Ridle Hospital (Media, Pa.) - Reducing Radiation Exposure
within the Interventional Cardiology Lab: will evaluate current
protocols and implement new techniques involving the use of shielding,
time of exposure and positioning during procedures.
Blue Mountain Hospital (John Day, Ore.) - Acquiring MRI
Safe Wheelchair and Gurney: will improve patient comfort by
eliminating the need for patients who are unable to walk easily to
make the painful journey from the shielded area into the scan room.
"Toshiba puts customers first by developing solutions for healthcare
facilities, helping them make the most of their resources while
improving the delivery of care to their patients," said Cathy Wolfe (News - Alert),
senior director, Corporate and Strategic Communications, Toshiba. "These
grants make educational programs attainable for healthcare facilities to
truly improve patient care and satisfaction, while offering them the
opportunity to be role models as they share best practices with other
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,
Inc. Since the program's inception in 2008, more than $300,000 has been
AHRA: The Association for Medical Imaging Management is the professional
organization representing management at all levels of hospital imaging
departments, freestanding imaging centers, and group practices. Founded
in 1973, AHRA's over 5000 members reach across the country and around
the world. AHRA offers a complete slate of professional development
programs including a comprehensive selection of educational conferences
and seminars, networking opportunities, award winning publications, and
the Certified Radiology Administrator (CRA) credential. 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. Visit Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation's
website at www.toshibamedicalsystems.com.
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 590 consolidated companies, with 206,000 employees worldwide and
annual sales surpassing 5.8 trillion yen (US$61 billion). Visit
Toshiba's web site at www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm.
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