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Walla Walla General Hospital Partners with Inland Imaging for Advanced Radiology Services

General Walla Walla, Wash.--Walla Walla General Hospital is partnering with Inland Imaging to offer diagnostic radiology interpretation services and image distribution services to area physicians and patients. 

Starting this week physicians and patients will receive high quality, subspecialty radiology interpretations of their diagnostic imaging exams. WWGH will also be tied into the Inland Imaging distribution network that allows patient information and images to be shared via secure, high speed networks throughout the Western United States. 

Inland Imaging is one of only a few radiology groups in the state of Washington to offer subspecialty reads for medical imaging exams, resulting in a higher level of expertise and care for the patient.

Brian Rich, MD, has joined Inland Imaging as their onsite radiologist to oversee and monitor all exam interpretations to ensure they are efficiently delivered and meet Inland Imaging's high quality standards. Dr. Rich has been serving as an independent radiologist in Walla Walla. In addition, Inland Imaging will offer real time reading of studies performed after-hours, utilizing one of their subspecialty trained Emergency Radiologists located in Spokane, Wash. 

"Walla Walla General Hospital's contract with Inland Imaging will provide a higher level of radiology service to the community," says Monty Knittel, WWGH president and CEO. "Our excellent onsite physician presence will be enhanced by consistent 24/7 coverage and the support of radiologists trained in a multitude of subspecialties."

Inland Imaging will also provide hospital physicians with access to its Imaging Suite®, with the integrated PhilipsiSite® image viewer, an on-demand web-based PACS image viewing application. Access to the Inland Imaging distribution network should greatly improve care to area patients and open a gateway for collaboration with the Walla Walla regional medical community.

Sarah Russell, Inland Imaging’s director of operations says, "This partnership will result in consistency in coverage and a high level of quality of service not always available in smaller communities."