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Tribe invests $2 million in mobile MRI

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Cherokee Nation leaders cut a ribbon to celebrate the tribe’s $2 million investment in a new mobile MRI unit at WW Hastings Hospital in Talequa on August 5.

“The Cherokee Nation continues to invest in healthcare with this cutting-edge, patient-centered imaging technology that represents the next generation of clinical care. Our efforts will continue by improving the health and quality of life of our citizens. It has positively changed the lives of Cherokee families over the years…”

The purchase of Cherokee Nation WW Hastings Hospital’s new mobile MRI unit is part of an overall investment in imaging that totals more than $6 million across the tribal health service system. Prior to receiving the mobile MRI unit, the Hastings patient had her MRI service out of the facility.

“Providing hospital and emergency MRIs has been challenging for patients and staff. Increases ability to perform emergency MRI scans: Hospital on-site units eliminate the need for Hastings EMS to transfer patients to other sites for MRI scans, providing access to other patient transfers increased patient care and satisfaction” .R. Stephen Jones.

The new MRI system is also quieter, faster, and more comfortable for patients than traditional MRI technology often used in on-site medical facilities. The artificial intelligence software engine the system runs on makes such advances possible, Jones said.

“Patients can choose to scan head-first or feet-first with each scan to reduce claustrophobia issues. The system’s quieter operation and wider bore It helps ease the anxiety that many patients often feel.” Jones.

The mobile MRI unit will also power other Cherokee Nation Health Services initiatives, including the hospital’s Acute Stroke Ready Certification and stroke care delivered through partnerships with the Regional Brain Institute.

“This unit enables better practices to help meet the requirements for acute stroke care certification, allows us to advance additional stroke center certifications, and is the only hospital in the region with a nationally accredited stroke program. Turn on MRI – The site also allows for rapid follow-up testing of patients being treated by RBI’s team of experts,” said Roger Montgomery, Executive Medical Director, Cherokee Nation Health Services. says Dr.

In 2021, Hoskin and deputy chief Bryan Warner proposed investing $400 million to build a new hospital in Tahlequah to replace the nearly 40-year-old WW Hastings Hospital with modern hospital technology, and Cherokee. It received support from the Nation Council. As new hospitals are built and equipped with MRI technology, the new mobile MRI units can be repurposed to serve more patients through other Cherokee Nation Health Services facilities.