A 100 Top Hospital in the Nation for the past seven years, Silver Cross continues to make the experience even better for imaging patients and their family members. As Silver Cross gears up to open a 304-bed replacement hospital at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox, they are bringing in state-of-the-art imaging equipment and placing the new technology in key locations throughout the 70-acre campus.
“When we open on February 26, 2012 , imaging services will be strategically placed making it more convenient for inpatients, outpatients and emergency patients to get tested,” says Marci Vasiliades, Manager of Imaging and the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health.
Convenient Outpatient Testing in Pavilions A and B
The majority of outpatients will be cared for in Pavilions A and B. These two buildings are connected to the main hospital and share a spacious lobby that will have a coffee kiosk, Walgreens pharmacy, and service ambassador. There will also be valet parking and shuttle service. The Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health is already open and located on the first floor of Pavilion B. Set in a spa-like setting, the Center currently offers a variety of services including full-field digital mammography, breast ultrasound and bone densitometry.
On the first-floor of Pavilion A, there will be new digital X-ray equipment. The Hospital will also offer outpatient cardiac services such as Echo, Stress, Stress Echo, Nuclear Stress Echo and EKG procedures as well as outpatient Lab testing. The OB Clinic for high-risk pregnancies, which is currently located on the 4th floor of the Specialty Care Pavilion on the Joliet Hospital campus, will also relocate to this new outpatient testing area making it much more convenient for expectant mothers.
“We had the luxury of learning from our experiences in the Smith Outpatient Pavilion on our current campus and most recently the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health,” said Vasiliades. “We really like our ‘pod’ layout in which the staff work area is in the middle of the unit surrounded by the patient testing rooms, so we are replicating it in our new environment.”
Hi-Tech Services offered in Main Hospital for All Patients
At the main hospital, Imaging Services is located adjacent to the Emergency Department on the first floor.
“Since all of Imaging supports the Emergency Department around the clock, we felt it was important to locate this equipment nearby,” said Ken Schroeder, Silver Cross Imaging Manager & PACS Administrator.
In the main hospital Imaging Department, there will be 2 CT scanners, 4 digital X-ray units, 2 digital R & F units, 3 Nuclear Medicine cameras, 2 MRI scanners—one being wide bore to allow for added comfort, and several ultrasound units.
“We will also be placing a CT scanner on the second floor near the Procedural Care Unit and ICU,” said Schroeder. “With this location, it will be more convenient for the high-risk patients and adjacent to the pre/post recovery area for patients needing interventional CT scan procedures.”
Also, located on the second floor will be the Neurology Department providing EEG and EMG procedures.
Associated Radiologists of Joliet will continue to provide 24/7 interpretation services for Imaging procedures and will be located in the hospital’s Imaging Department. There is also a radiologist at the Center for Women’s Health to perform diagnostic procedures and provide on-site interpretations.
Outpatients who are coming for multiple testing that include a CT, MRI, non-cardiac Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound or Neurology testing will be seen in the main hospital. There will be valet parking and self-registration kiosks just like at the current hospital. Patients and family members alike can also take advantage of the many amenities nearby including the Coffee Shop, Chapel, Library or Childerguild Gift Shop. For patients waiting for a ride, they can do so in the new Discharge Lounge in the Main Lobby.
“To enhance patient-family centered care, we will be bringing even more testing to the bedside when appropriate,” says Vasiliades.
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