CMC opens outpatient diagnostic imaging centerDecember 29, 2011
Capital Medical Center is pleased to announce the opening of Capital Imaging Center and Outpatient Clinic, a state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging center. The center, located at 601 McPhee Road SW in Olympia, opened October 17, 2011. In addition to diagnostic imaging, in early 2012 the center will be home to a wound care center and serve as physician medical office space. Capital Imaging Center and Outpatient Clinic is conveniently located behind Capital Medical Center and neighboring Black Hills Medical Park for easy access by both patients and physicians alike. This significant investment in expanded care is part of Capital Medical Center’s continuing quest to serve our growing community.
The property is divided into two buildings; each totaling 15,552 square feet. Capital Medical Center has developed the rear building into the 8,477 square foot diagnostic imaging center which will house a GE 64 slice CT, Optima 450 wide bore MRI, Precision 500D Fluoroscopy imaging unit, as well as a second imaging unit and ultrasound services.
The advanced CT will greatly improve image quality reducing acquisition times and allow for expanded clinical applications. The new MRI will produce outstanding imagery while making patients more comfortable with a larger diameter opening allowing for larger patients and reducing anxiety for many patients that have claustrophobia. In addition, patients can expect a cooler, quieter scanning environment. Benefits of the Precision 500D include superior imaging, clinical productivity, and advanced dose management capabilities. Dana Rice, Chief Operating Officer, noted, “The center will allow Capital Medical Center to separate outpatient studies from inpatient and emergency department studies. By moving outpatient studies from the main hospital, we are able to offer increased convenience and faster service to our patients.”
The additional 2,006 square feet are slated for a new outpatient wound care center to service Thurston County. Currently, the only competing wound care center is located in Aberdeen, 45 miles to our west. The hospital plans to provide the wound care service with a multidisciplinary team of physicians and health care professionals trained in advanced wound care that incorporates the use of debridement, bioengineered tissue, therapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. The front building will be available as physician office space for current and future Capital Medical Center physicians.