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Continued Improvements – Washington Health System Green


PITTSBURGH, JANUARY, 2016 – Over the past 18 months there have been many positive changes and capital investments made at the WHS Greene facility. These changes, along with the dedicated efforts of the team members at WHS-Greene have increased the quality, safety and efficiency of services provided to those that depend on us for their healthcare needs.  Some of these improvements include upgrading the phone and computer systems, new furniture and patient beds, a cooling tower, water treatment system, air handler, emergency power expansion and more.

Washington Health System is thrilled to announce our newest capital investment for this facility, an upgraded MRI department. This $2 million investment includes a new MRI machine and renovation to the department. The new Siemens Aera MRI, which will replace the 13 year old existing machine, is a high field open bore MRI unit that provides state of the art MRI imaging capabilities. John Ireland, Manager of Imaging and Informatics for Washington Health System states, "Some of the benefits patients will receive with the new MRI unit are increased comfort, shorter exam times and improved image quality. " The new Siemens Aera MRI unit has a larger bore and a shorter design when compared to the existing MRI unit. This significantly reduces anxiety in claustrophobic patients and provides overall greater comfort for all patients. In addition, the new MRI can scan patients that weigh up to 550 lbs. vs. the 300 lb. weight limit of the existing MRI unit. For additional information on the unit, see the reference link below.

Construction on the new department started mid-December 2016. Terry Wiltrout, President of WHS Greene states, "Even though the WHS Greene MRI department is currently under construction, we have made accommodations to continue our MRI services at the facility until the new department is complete. We have temporarily relocated the machine to a mobile MRI onsite and will continue to offer full MRI services to the community."

WHS would also like to recognize the Greene County Memorial Hospital Foundation for their generous donation of $450K that will help fund this project. Sheila Stewart, Chairperson for GCMHF  said, "The Greene County Memorial Hospital Foundation was pleased to make this donation because we knew this was something our community needed. We look forward to continued improvements from Washington Health System."


About Washington Health System:
Employing more than 2,300 highly trained medical professionals, Washington Health System provides health care services at more than 40 off-site locations throughout three counties.  In addition to its flagship 260 licensed bed hospital in Washington, Pa., WHS operates Washington Health System Greene, a community centered 49-bed hospital, in Waynesburg Pennsylvania. Washington Health System's integrated system of care  also consists of diagnostic centers, outpatient care facilities, the WHS Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center and Greenbriar Treatment Center all seamlessly working together to provide excellent patient-and-family-centered care.

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