By Michele Pilon
President/CNO, Transylvania Regional Hospital
We’re incredibly excited about upcoming facility upgrades that will make Transylvania Regional Hospital’s patient experiences even safer, more efficient, and more comfortable. Updated technology, enhanced services, and expanded space will bring these benefits to community members when they visit several key hospital departments.
One area of expansion and improvement is our Medical Imaging Department. Medical imaging provides clinicians with critical information that helps them diagnose and treat patients with many different conditions, ranging from heart disease and cancer to orthopedic issues. An enlarged department will provide more comfort to patients, and some tests will take less time.
MRI and CT scans are among the most commonly used imaging methods, and TRH is not only expanding our imaging area, we’re purchasing new, advanced imaging technology to fill it. The space will hold a new, state-of-the-art GE Optima MRI scanner. The scanner will offer a host of benefits, including better imaging, faster image production, and quieter scanning experience. It will also provide a softer, more comfortable exam table surface and gentle lighting for patients undergoing imaging procedures.
Our new CT equipment includes the 64-slice Revolution EVO scanner, which offers higher-resolution images in a fraction of the time it took previously to obtain images. The Revolution EVO scanner allows for both reduced radiation dosages and maximal image quality. That helps us deliver excellent, efficient and personalized care to meet every patient’s needs, no matter their age or physical build, across a wide spectrum of imaging procedures.
TRH will also update and improve its Surgical Services to ensure state-of-the-art OR suites. Improvements will allow our high technology monitoring and other equipment to “talk” to one another (machine to machine), clinicians and team members will be able to view imaging while performing surgery and all surgical records will be electronically managed. Our surgeons’ work also will be aided by voice and hand control technology, and our ORs will become cordless, lessening fall risks for all staff.
Beyond that, the entire OR space will be adaptable to meet future needs, ready for further expansion when required. At the same time, our sterilization system – critically important for your safety – will be updated. Other minor improvements to the pre and post-surgical areas will increase patient comfort and our surgical waiting areas will be more comfortable and we will have improved signage throughout the area understanding the importance of accommodating patients’ families and loved ones.
But that’s not all! The new Transylvania Regional Cancer Center will be designed to accommodate our community’s growing need for these important services. One urgent need is just more space; the new build will allow for additional infusion chairs, private patient rooms and treatment spaces so that patients can be accompanied by a loved one for their treatment and choose from group, semi-private, or private treatment settings. Patient registration and waiting areas, as well as patient parking, will also be expanded. A much-needed family area, outdoor healing area, lab, and pharmacy space will also be included in the new facility, along with space dedicated to patients’ personal needs such as wigs or head coverings. Thankfully, each year more and more of us survive our cancer, so we will also include space for a Survivorship program that will include areas for education and offices for nurse navigators.
We are proud of the care that we deliver for our community. TRH’s upgrades will allow us to provide even better care to our deserving community, and address future regional healthcare needs – very soon.
Michele Pilon, MS, BSN, RN, NE-BC, is the President and CNO of Transylvania Regional Hospital. Her diverse professional experience includes service as a bedside nurse and over a decade as a leader at healthcare institutions in Virginia, Florida, and North Carolina. Ms. Pilon earned a Bachelor’s in Nursing from Ohio’s University of Akron and a Masters in Health Services Administration from the University of St. Francis in Illinois; she is also a Board-Certified Nursing Executive.