NYC Health + Hospitals today announced that it is investing $224 million over ten-years to upgrade medical imaging technology system-wide from Harlem to Hollis. Across the NYC Health + Hospitals system, there are 470 imaging machines, and they are used to screen, diagnose, and treat numerous disease states. Within the first four years, 230 medical imaging machines will be updated, including MRI, CT, nuclear cameras, X-ray machines, catheterization labs, PET/PETCT machines, and fluoroscopy units. The new equipment, supplied under a contract with GE Healthcare, will support the public health system’s goal of standardizing care and providing patients modernized, state-of-the-art technology that will produce faster and better image quality, and lead to quicker diagnoses and treatment for patients.
“At NYC Health + Hospitals, we are making investments that will improve patient experience and provide the highest quality of care, diagnosis, and treatment for all New Yorkers,” said Mitchell Katz, MD, President, and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals. “We’re standardizing our technology to offer patients the same quality of care regardless of what facility they visit.”
“GE Healthcare is honored to work alongside NYC Health + Hospitals in its mission to improve patient care and clinical outcomes for the people of New York,” said Everett Cunningham, President, and CEO of GE Healthcare, U.S. and Canada. “Providing premium care to a growing patient population continues to be challenging in today’s healthcare environment. This relationship will provide both clinicians and patients access to the latest imaging technology while helping NYC Health + Hospitals meet its goals of reducing costs, increasing hospital efficiency, enhancing clinical quality, and improving the patient experience.”
The investment and partnership with GE Healthcare will standardize and modernize the imaging equipment for the City’s public health system. This partnership will also modernize and streamline the capital imaging equipment planning and replacement process.
“This new investment demonstrates NYC Health + Hospitals’ commitment to state-of-the-art medical technology,” said Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried. “I congratulate NYC Health + Hospitals and GE Healthcare for this important partnership to ensure that New Yorkers can access the most modern imaging services in their diagnosis and care.”
Of the total investment, $20 million has already been allocated for NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island, which is undergoing renovations as part of its Hurricane Sandy recovery project. The hospital will receive 47 new imaging machines, including ultrasounds, MRI, and a variety of X-ray units.
NYC Health + Hospitals has 89,000 pieces of medical equipment, ranging from low-complexity equipment to sophisticated imaging and operating room equipment. NYC Health + Hospitals perform 1.5 million imaging procedures each year.
NYC Health + Hospitals is the largest public health care system in the nation serving more than a million New Yorkers annually in more than 70 patient care locations across the city’s five boroughs. A robust network of outpatient, neighborhood-based primary and specialty care centers anchors care coordination with the system’s trauma centers, nursing homes, post-acute care centers, home care agency, and MetroPlus health plan—all supported by 11 essential hospitals. Its diverse workforce of more than 42,000 employees is uniquely focused on empowering New Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest life possible. For more information, visit www.nychealthandhospitals.org
GE Healthcare is the $19.8 billion healthcare business of GE. As a leading provider of medical imaging, monitoring, biomanufacturing, and cell and gene therapy technologies, GE Healthcare enables precision health in diagnostics, therapeutics and monitoring through intelligent devices, data analytics, applications and services. With over 100 years of experience in the healthcare industry and more than 50,000 employees globally, the company helps improve outcomes more efficiently for patients, healthcare providers, researchers and life sciences companies around the world. Visit their website https://corporate.gehealthcare.com/ for more information.