Mercy Hospital Receives $400,000 Grant for Cutting-Edge Diagnostic Tool from Helmsley Charitable Trust

posted 4/10/2017 in News

Patients at Mercy 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.
Helmsley has awarded Mercy Hospital $400,000 for a new 32-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.
“Mercy Hospital is overwhelmingly pleased to receive this grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. The new CT scanner we will purchase with this grant will allow us to provide care to our patients using more advanced technology. We would like to thank the Helmsley Charitable Trust for their generous funding and the Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-Iowa Senior Leadership Team for their support as we pursued this grant,” said Terri Derflinger, Mercy Hospital Site Administrator.

“We are a Critical Access Hospital in the rural community of Oelwein, Iowa. Mercy is 82 miles from a Level I trauma center, which enhances our need for rapid diagnosis, stabilization of the patient and transfer to advanced care. A state-of-the-art CT scanner like this one allows us to best meet the needs of our patients and community even more than we already do,” said Allison Ingels, RT(R)(M), RDMS, RVT, CT, Mercy Hospital Radiology Supervisor.
Mercy Hospital is one of 41 grant recipients across the region to benefit from this round of funding to purchase CT scanners. Helmsley’s Rural Healthcare Program has granted over $30 million to support the purchase of new, 32-slice or higher CT scanners 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, a 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 went into effect January 1, 2016, that reduced reimbursement for certain studies on CT scanners that do not meet specific radiation dose requirements. Since 2015, the Helmsley Charitable Trust has awarded 78 grants totaling over $30 million to outfit hospitals with new, state-of-the-art CT scanners.