Zeeland Community Hospital

Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital Announces Arrival of New MRI Machine

ZEELAND, Mich., April 25, 2017 – Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital is pleased to announce the arrival of the new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine to the hospital’s radiology department.

The Siemens MRI machine, weighing nearly six tons, was originally built in Germany. After the journey by boat, truck and finally crane, it now resides in the hospital’s newly constructed MRI suite.

“The arrival of the new MRI machine gives us another reason to celebrate during the hospital’s 90th year,” said Ron Lewis, President, Zeeland Community Hospital. “The addition of this advanced equipment is a momentous achievement that will allow 24/7 access to serve our patient’s needs.”

Zeeland Community Hospital previously featured a mobile MRI, which is managed by Spectrum Health Grand Rapids. The new MRI will offer more consistent availability to serve patients at Zeeland Community Hospital seven days a week, including holidays.

“The new MRI will be a great benefit to our community,” said Stacy Sotke, manager, radiology, Zeeland Community Hospital. “This addition allows us to increase diagnostic testing options, enhance quality and safety and provide exceptional patient experiences.”

In addition to increased safety and comfort, the magnet detects structural abnormalities in the body. These abnormalities help practitioners diagnose acute or chronic diseases such as brain aneurysms, stroke, multiple sclerosis or cancer. The use of the new MRI will also benefit Zeeland Community Hospital’s growing cancer and orthopedic care programs.

The MRI machine is expected to see its first patient in mid-May. For more information about the programs and services available at Zeeland Community Hospital, visit spectrumhealth.org/zeeland.

Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system, based in West Michigan, offering a full continuum of care through the Spectrum Health Hospital Group, which is comprised of 12 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital; 180 ambulatory and service sites; 3,600 physicians and advanced practice providers, including 1,500 members of the Spectrum Health Medical Group; and Priority Health, a health plan that served 996,000 members in fiscal year 2017. Spectrum Health is West Michigan’s largest employer, with 26,000 employees. The organization provided $372 million in community benefit during its 2017 fiscal year. Spectrum Health was named one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems—and in the top five among the largest health systems—in 2017 by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM. This was the sixth time the organization received this recognition.

Ashley Kiekintveld
Marketing and Communications
Phone: 616.748.3610
Email: ashley.kiekintveld@spectrumhealth.org