United Samaritans to discontinue open MRI

DANVILLE — Provena United Samaritans Medial Center will discontinue offering its own open MRI starting May 1, and refer patients needing that service to the nearest one in Champaign-Urbana, hospital officials said.

United Samaritans will continue to offer magnetic resonance imaging through its traditional closed MRI at the main hospital.

The open MRI is housed, along with United Samaritan's sleep lab, in a separate building at 412 Sheridan St., Danville.

Hospital officials said the sleep lab will remain, and a decision about what to do with the rest of the building will be made later.

Staff members who work at the open MRI also work in diagnostic imaging for the hospital's main campus, and they will be fully shifted back to the main campus, officials said.

According to information provided by the hospital, 90 percent of its previous open MRI patients could be served by a traditional MRI.

"Once we took a look at the fact that most of our patients could be served with the MRI located in our main building, we decided, as good stewards of our resources, that this was the best way to proceed," hospital CEO Mike Brown said in a written statement.

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sameeker wrote on April 07, 2012 at 7:04 pm

What they are really saying is that in the name of profit, they are shifting the burdon to the customers (Yes, patients are CUSTOMERS and should be treated as such.) and make them drive to Champaign.