Archives for 2013

OAHS Improving Patient Safety Through CT Scans

CTOrtonville Area Health Services continuously utilizes technology and other methods to improve patient safety and our newest effort involved upgrading our CT equipment to a 64-slice CT with AIDR 3D.

Aquilion CT with AIDR 3D
This CT system provides some of the most detailed images available and they are also designed to keep you safe by reducing radiation.
An industry leader in developing new technologies designed to limit radiation exposure, Toshiba’s CT
systems utilize the newest dose management technology – Adaptive Interactive Dose Reduction 3D (AIDR 3D). This personalized software automatically adjusts the level of radiation exposure to correspond with you and your procedure to provide your physician with quality
diagnostic images.
Knowing the considerations and benefits of CT can help you understand and better protect you and your family’s health.

Facts You Should Know
CT imaging is one of the fastest ways physicians can accurately diagnose a patient’s condition. The decision to undergo a CT imaging exam should be made by you and your physician together. CT imaging uses an x-ray to create detailed 3D or 4D images of organs, soft tissue, bones and anatomy. It is used often for a variety of reasons including to evaluate joints, trauma, abdominal pain, shortness of breath, blocked arteries or chest pain. The benefits of being imaged with CT are that it is minimally invasive and fast. While CT imaging can be very beneficial, it does use some radiation.

Is a CT Exam Right for You
We encourage patients to seek advice from their physician when undergoing a CT exam. To determine if a CT exam is right for you, ask your physician about the benefits and considerations of your specific exam. The benefits should outweigh the concerns.
One way to think about CT radiation dose is like taking a prescription medication. When your doctor prescribes a medication, he or she recommends the optimum dose to keep you safe and help you get well. CT scans work the same way. AIDR 3D can help medical professionals personalize your imaging exam by scanning you at the lowest possible dose to achieve the best possible images.

AIDR 3DWhat is AIDR 3D
AIDR 3D is the latest generation of software developed by Toshiba that processes a scanned image by putting it through a series of cycles or iterations while reducing the initial amount of radiation exposure needed to achieve a clear image.
Fully integrated with the CT System, AIDR 3D is automatically activated with every scan. AIDR 3D also adapts to customize exposure for every patient and every procedure based on your body. The system uses information about your body size and shape to adjust the amount of radiation to be used for the type of CT exam you are receiving. All of this enables the technologist operating the system to focus on obtaining the high quality images your physician needs to accurately diagnose you.

Very Impressed with Clinical Visit Experience

I was seen in clinic on a Saturday for an unexpected injury and every one involved was very friendly, efficient and helpful. Stacey checked me in at Registration and I was very promptly called back by Janelle. Shortly after Janelle finshed my vitals I was seen by Dr Longnecker. Very impressed!!

Kelli Rinehardt

The Monitor – Winter 2013

monitor – FEB 2013 (2)

Joint Replacement Surgery at OAHS

Dr. Michael Vener, Ranet Schmeichel, Ray Smith, PA

 

      My name is Ranet Schmeichel. As with many people in my age group, I experienced arthritis in my hip causing great discomfort that was affecting my normal daily activities. After numerous treatment options, I chose to have my joint replaced.

      As OR Coordinator at OAHS I knew that over a year go we went into a venture with Dr Vener and Dr. Johnston from Glacial Lakes Orthopaedics to perform these Joint replacements here. The most up-to-date equipment was purchased, training for OR and auxillary staff  to provide superior care was conducted. Experiencing not only the expertise of the Surgeons but also Anesthesia, OR and all Auxillary staff; I chose to have my procedure done at Ortonville Area Health Services.

       I was not disappointed. Beginning with Dr Longnecker and clinic staff through the Pre-op, Surgical and Post-op stay all staff that I came in contact with were professional and skilled in meeting all my individuals needs. There is nothing like being “at home” with people you know and trust during a difficult time. If there ever becomes a need to have another joint replaced I won’t hesitate to choose OAHS again.

2013 New Year’s Baby

The first baby born in 2013 at Ortonville Area Health Services was Mia KayLee Kindelberger. She entered this world on Wednesday, January 2 at 12:54 p.m. weighing 8 lbs., 4 oz and measuring 20 1/2 inches in length. Parents of the new baby are Dustin and Jaimie Kindelberger of Ortonville. Mia’s grandparents are Keith and Margaret Kindelberger of Ortonville and Mike and Jan Neumann of Wheaton. Great grandparents are Sandy Keaveny of Wheaton, Betty Kindelberger of Canby and Ann Polfiet of Canby. Mia was welcomed by her brother, Nash. Dr. Stacy Longnecker delivered the baby. Members of the OAHS Auxiliary hand made the New Year’s stocking for the baby.

Christmas 2012 Baby

The Christmas 2012 baby born at Ortonville Area Health Services is Ashton John Ketterling. Ashton is the son of Elisia Drewelow and Andrew Ketterling of Wheaton. He was born on December 28, 2012 at 3:58 a.m. and was 21 inches long and weighed 7 lbs., 14 oz. Welcoming Ashton were brother Parker and sister Madison. Grandparents are Connie Drewelow and Gene Carrington of Barry, John Drewelow and Kathy Sprock of Graceville and Brian and Mary Ketterling of Wheaton. Great grandparents are John and Floradeen Drewelow of Graceville, JIm and Shirley Montonye of Wheaton and Willy Ketterling of Wheaton. Dr. Bryan Delage delivered the baby. Ashton is shown in the Christmas Stocking, a gift from the OAHS Auxiliary.

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