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Appalachian Regional Commission Award assists Barnesville Hospital To Purchase Ultrasound Equipment

Funding through the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) assisted Barnesville Hospital’s Diagnostic Imaging Department to purchase two new ultrasound machines. Ultrasound equipment is indispensable for hospitals, assisting physicians to make accurate diagnoses and guiding surgeons when performing biopsies.

“We are extremely grateful for the funding through the ARC, it enabled us to purchase two much needed ultrasound machines,” said Karen Mihalic, RT R M, ARRT, Imaging Operations Manager and PACS Administrator.  “Our technologists and physicians are thrilled with the clarity and scope of the new equipment. These units will assist our radiologists and physicians to provide accurate assessments for our patients.”

Often an ultrasound can eliminate the need for more invasive testing or surgery and is used for emergency department patients, surgical patients and on an inpatient and outpatient basis. The ultrasound is radiation free and provides a non-invasive way to scan internal organs. The new units also provide enhanced ergonomics for the staff resulting in increased productivity and reduced stress and fatigue.

“The high image quality provided by these new ultrasound units increases the diagnostic confidence of interpreting radiologists and should reduce the need for repeat imaging exams,” said Carter Kenamond, MD, Medical Director of Barnesville Hospital Imaging Department and member of Radiology Associates Inc.. Radiology Associates is located in Wheeling West Virginia and provides radiology services at multiple hospitals throughout the Ohio Valley including Barnesville Hospital.

The ARC provides funding for several hundred projects in the Appalachian Region, in areas such as business development, education and job training, telecommunications, infrastructure, community development, housing, and transportation. These projects create thousands of new jobs; improve local water and sewer systems; increase school readiness; expand access to health care; assist local communities with strategic planning; and provide technical and managerial assistance to emerging businesses. ARC’s mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia.

“The Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association (OMEGA), provided much appreciated assistance and guidance with our grant application,” said Jan Chambers, Director of Development, Barnesville Hospital. “OMEGA understands the value of investing in our rural communities and our rural organizations. Their ongoing support makes a tremendous difference for Barnesville Hospital and the area residents we serve.”

OMEGA is a collaborative body of member governments that serves as a facilitator between state and federal government agencies and local entities to provide opportunities in economic and community development through networking, education, planning, research, and allocation of resources. OMEGA serves ten counties in Ohio: Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Muskingum, & Tuscarawas.

To learn more about the Barnesville Hospital Diagnostics Imaging Department and services provided please contact Karen Mihalic, Imaging Operations Manager and PACS Administrator at 740-425-5114.

Photo: (l-r) Theresa Smith RT R M, RDMS, RVT, Ultrasound Technologist, Carter Kenamond, MD, Medical Director of Barnesville Hospital Imaging Department and member of Radiology Associates Inc., and Cindy Bruney, RT R, RVT, RDMS, RCS, Ultrasound Technologist.