North Ottawa To Replace CT Scanner

March 30, 2008
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GRAND HAVEN — North Ottawa Community Hospital plans to add a 64-slice computerized tomography scanner to its imaging arsenal, pending approval from the state Certificate of Need Commission.

The CT scanner is an updated version of the 16-slice Phillips CT scanner that was installed at the hospital in 2005. The 64-slice scanner is used for cardiac, oncology, pulmonary, inner ear and spinal injuries.

According to the Alliance for Health, a nonprofit health planning agency, North Ottawa expects an increase of 1.5 percent in its average per-scan charge. The agency, which has endorsed the proposal, reported that CT scans will account for about 1.7 percent of hospital income.

NOCS revenue was $48.2 million for the fiscal year that ended $2 million in the red in June.

North Ottawa expects an average charge of $997 per scan, although that varies on a case-by-case basis. The average would be 4.5 percent higher than the 2007 average

The new 64-slice GE Lightspeed scanner, which will be leased for $943,917 for three years, would enhance revenues by $273,000, according to figures North Ottawa filed with the Alliance for Health.

Holland Hospital obtained a 64-slice scanner in 2006, the first in Ottawa County.

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