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RFP Released for CT Scanner Machine

Maria Stoppler, CEO, March 7, 2018

Press Release March 7, 2018

CT Scanner Project in Philipsburg

Granite County Medical Center in Philipsburg is getting an imaging upgrade soon, with the start of the process of purchasing a new CT scanner, according to Maria Stoppler, CEO. The Hospital District is launching the request for proposals to vendors of computed tomography instruments, (CT scanners) this week.
The District has been working on this project for about a year and a half, with the first step being applying for and being awarded a large grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, which occurred about a year ago.
Since that award, the facility has been fundraising for construction costs. Due to the size and weight of the instrument, the scanner will be housed in a small modular adjunct to the building in Philipsburg.
This instrument will provide extremely high quality, real time information to medical providers dealing with emergencies, such as a stroke. For example, if a patient has a particular type of stroke, as determined with a scan, then clot busting medicine can be given quickly. In other instances, people who have routine CT scans to monitor an ongoing condition could get those scans done in Philipsburg.
Jim Waldbillig, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Hospital District noted early on in this process that GCMC was the only Critical Access Hospital in Montana without access to a CT scanner. The CT imaging became the diagnostic work horse for medicine decades ago, and it is important to get that instrument here, according to Waldbillig.
Dr. Terry Jones, Medical Director is also looking forward to having the technology available locally, as are all the providers. Dr. Jones noted that the existing agreement with x-rays will expand to include CT, with radiologists available to review the images on a round the clock basis.
According to CEO Stoppler, the funding for this project has been hugely supported on a local level, with the H&R Thrift Shop making a large pledge. Philipsburg Rotary and Granite County Medical Foundation have also been strong supporters of this project from the beginning and have also contributed financially. Great West Engineering is donating in kind contributions and other contributors include a Montana based foundation which prefers to remain anonymous.
The project will potentially be complete by early Fall 2018, with CT scanning technology available here in Philipsburg.
For questions about this project or to donate, please contact CEO Maria Stoppler at 859-3271 or by email at maria.stoppler@granitecmc.org

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