Coteau des Prairies Health Care System Receives $400,000 Grant for Cutting Edge Diagnostic Tool from the Helmsley Charitable Trust

Patients at Coteau des Prairies Health Care System will soon benefit from access to the latest computed tomography (CT) diagnostic technology made possible through a grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Rural Healthcare Program.

The Trust has awarded Coteau des Prairies Health Care System $400,000 for a new 40-slice CT scanner. CT scanners provide essential diagnostic images of structures inside the body. A new CT scanner will allow for faster scans that produce high-quality images, allowing medical staff to quickly determine health status and course of treatment while giving patients access to up-to-date healthcare technology close to home.

“Coteau des Prairies Health Care System is pleased to announce that the Radiology Department has received a grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to bring state-of-the art CT scan technology to our area and for our patients,” said CDP CEO, Michael Coyle. “The grant allows CDP to upgrade our current 16-slice CT scanner to a 40-slice CT scanner. We at CDP are excited once again to partner with The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to bring cutting edge technology to our patients. The new CT scanner will improve patient care and bring urban quality care to our rural community.”

Coteau des Prairies Health Care System is one of 37 grant recipients across the region to benefit from funding to purchase CT scanners. The Rural Healthcare Program of the Helmsley Charitable Trust is granting nearly $14 million over the next six months to support the purchase of new, 32-slice or higher CT scanners at Critical Access Hospitals in a seven-state region.

“Our goal is to ensure that people who live in rural America have access to quality healthcare as close to home as possible,” said Walter Panzirer, trustee of the Helmsley Charitable Trust. “To achieve this, rural hospitals need to be viable and they need to have up-to-date equipment, so patients can receive essential healthcare services locally. This initiative is one of many that aims to improve healthcare access and health outcomes across the upper Midwest.”

The funding initiative was the result of a survey of Critical Access Hospitals in the Rural Healthcare Program’s seven-state funding region. Capital equipment, particularly CT scanners, was identified as a top need by many hospitals. In addition, a new Medicare policy will go into effect January 1, 2016 that may reduce reimbursement for certain studies on CT scanners that do not meet specific radiation dose requirements.

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