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Hanford Medical Pavilion open, Kings County's first 64-slice CT patient shares personal story

Patient Stories

 With three of his four older brothers having cancer, 27-year-old John Harrington worries he could be next.
 Constant headaches, a proactive attitude and his doctor’s orders brought him to the Hanford Medical Pavilion on its opening day, Monday, Nov. 8, 2010, as the first patient to receive a CT scan from Kings County’s first 64-slice CT scanner.
 A Lemoore resident, John said it was nice to get this type of exam in Kings County. “This area is constantly growing, and it needs medical advances to grow with it. I’m glad these resources were available to me, so close to home.”
 The Aquilion 64-slice CT (computed tomography) scanner by Toshiba combines special X-ray equipment with sophisticated computers to produce multiple cross-sectional images, or pictures, of the inside of the body from several different angles. Seconds later, the system’s computer assembles the digital images into several precise three-dimensional images for radiologists and doctors to read. 
 “The new 64-slice CT scanner allows us to conduct high-quality, noninvasive exams,” said Dr. Mark Dowling, medical director of Medical Imaging for our network. “We will now be able to look at the anatomy of the whole body, one segment at a time, and receive faster, state-of-the-art reads.” 
 The CT scanner can be used for all types of exams, including full-body images, the face, neck, chest, heart, lungs, abdomen and pelvis images.
 The CT scanner also has the capabilities to capture images of the rapidly moving heart and lungs to help detect signs of heart disease at its earliest stages.  
 “John’s exam only took a few minutes,” said Rosa Ortega, CT technologist, who conducted the 64-slice exam of John’s head. “The advantage of the new 64-slice CT is that it is convenient for our patients. The machine scans quickly, displays the images within seconds and emits very low radiation.”
 John said he was surprised at how fast the exam was. “I was so relaxed, looking up at the palm trees and blue sky on the ceiling, that is was over before I knew it,” he said.
 In addition to the CT scanner, the Lab and Imaging Center offers six patient lab draw stations and other new, all digital Toshiba imaging equipment, including an MRI, X-ray, ultrasound and fluoroscopy.
 The first floor of the Pavilion opened to the public on Monday, Nov. 8. Adventist Health/Lab and Imaging services are on the first floor, along with a new surgical group, Kings River Surgical Center, made up of local surgeons. 
 Adventist Health/Breast Care Center will occupy part of the second floor, and the remaining space there and on the third floor will be physician offices. 
 Adventist Medical Center, which is connected to the Hanford Medical Pavilion by a 40-foot walkway, will also have new, all digital Toshiba radiology equipment and a Toshiba biplane catheterization lab, which can detect clear images of arteries from two X-ray sources. The Medical Center is targeted to open Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010.
 Adventist Health/Lab and Imaging inside the Hanford Medical Pavilion may be reached by calling 559-537-1377, or 559-585-0200. The Kings River Surgical Center may be reached by calling (559)-415-7350.

Once Adventist Medical Center opens at 6 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5, the following will happen at the other hospitals:

  • Hanford Community Medical Center will be renamed Adventist Health/Central Valley Network-Support Services. It will eventually house business and support services until a decision is made of how it can best serve the community. Medical services will transfer to Adventist Medical Center, but the hospital will still serve as overflow, if needed.
  • The Kerr Outpatient Center, 470 N. Greenfield Ave., and Nuclear Medicine will remain open. Lab services from the Kerr Outpatient Center and all services from the Central California Imaging Center, 460 Kings County Drive, Suite 105, are now at the Lab and Imaging Center in the Hanford Medical Pavilion.
  • Central Valley General Hospital Medical/Surgical and ER will close and move to Adventist Medical Center. The hospital will continue to provide obstetric services, which will expand to the second floor for more private patient rooms. Community Care clinics will also remain open. Lab and limited medical imaging services will be provided to support other clinical services there. The name will not change.
  • Selma Community Hospital will be renamed Adventist Medical Center-Selma in 2011 to reflect its shared license with Adventist Medical Center and the unity of Adventist Health services throughout the Valley.