Vermont hospital to spend more than $3M on improved MRI services

State officials have agreed to a $3.19 million upgrade to the MRI services offered at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury, Vermont.

The upgrade will include a replacement of the hospital’s 12-year-old unit, according to a report from the VT Digger. A new 1,374-square-foot building will also be designed and built for the scanner, since the current unit is kept in a trailer outside of the hospital. The upgrade is expected to be self-financed, using funds set aside in the 2016 and 2017 hospital budgets.

Bob Hersey, CFO at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, said the upgrade was “something we knew we needed to do for a while,” according to the VT Digger report. Hersey also said the current unit is uncomfortable to some patients and takes longer to produce images than newer equipment would.

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