GMHS Receives $400,000 for New CT Machine

Friday, November 13, 2015

Gordon Memorial Hospital Receives $400,000 Grant for Cutting Edge Diagnostic Tool from the Helmsley Charitable Trust

Sioux Falls, S.D. – Patients at Gordon Memorial Hospital will soon benefit from access to the latest computed tomography (CT) diagnostic technology made possible through a grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Rural Healthcare Program. 

The Trust has awarded Gordon Memorial Hospital $400,000 for a new 64-slice CT scanner. CT scanners provide essential diagnostic images of structures inside the body. A new CT scanner will allow for faster scans that produce high-quality images, allowing medical staff to quickly determine health status and course of treatment while giving patients access to up-to-date healthcare technology close to home.

"We are honored to receive this grant and excited about the ways it will allow us to better help our patients,” said Interim CEO for Gordon Memorial Health Services, Julie Schnell. “We thank the Helmsley Charitable Trust for their continued dedication to rural healthcare and we look forward to serving the community and our patients with our new CT scanner."

Gordon Memorial Hospital is one of 37 grant recipients across the region to benefit from funding to purchase CT scanners. The Rural Healthcare Program of the Helmsley Charitable Trust is granting nearly $14 million over the next six months to support the purchase of new, 32-slice or higher CT scanners at Critical Access Hospitals in a seven-state region.

“Our goal is to ensure that people who live in rural America have access to quality healthcare as close to home as possible,” said Walter Panzirer, trustee of the Helmsley Charitable Trust. “To achieve this, rural hospitals need to be viable and they need to have up-to-date equipment, so patients can receive essential healthcare services locally. This initiative is one of many that aims to improve healthcare access and health outcomes across the upper Midwest.”

The funding initiative was the result of a survey of Critical Access Hospitals in the Rural Healthcare Program’s seven-state funding region. Capital equipment, particularly CT scanners, was identified as a top need by many hospitals. In addition, a new Medicare policy will go into effect January 1, 2016 that may reduce reimbursement for certain studies on CT scanners that do not meet specific radiation dose requirements.