MRI-Compatible Pacemaker Now Available at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center
Each year, approximately 320,000 patients in the United States have a pacemaker implanted.
Unfortunately, over half of those patients must plan to forego future Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) diagnostic studies because their pacemaker is made with metal components, making it too magnetic and not MRI-compatible.
Now, there is a state-of-the-art MRI-compatible pacemaker, SureScan? which can be implanted in place of the traditional pacemaker, allowing patients to receive MRI's as needed. Hackettstown Regional Medical Center (HRMC) is one of the first hospitals in the region to offer the implantation of the SureScan? MRI-compatible pacemaker.
"An experienced pacemaker surgeon can place an MRIcompatible pacemaker in a patient very much the same way as is done when implanting a traditional pacemaker. The main difference is the size of the components that go along with the pacemaker and the way in which the surgeon implants them," explained Dr. Eric L. Gross, General and Oncologic Surgeon at HRMC. "After implantation, the patient is able to have an MRI, should they ever require one."
Following pacemaker implantation at HRMC, patients are enrolled in the Medical Center's Pacemaker Clinic, located in the Cardiology Department. Ellen O'Reilly, RN, Coordinator of HRMC's Pacemaker Clinic, personally follows the progress of every patient who has been implanted with a pacemaker. Currently, there are nearly 400 active patients in HRMC's Pacemaker Clinic.
Hackettstown Regional Medical Center Earns Recognition from The Joint Commission
On October 30th, Hackettstown Regional Medical Center (HRMC) was named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. HRMC was recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions.
Hackettstown Regional Medical Center is one of 1,099 hospitals in the U.S. earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. HRMC was recognized for its achievement on the following measure sets: Heart Attack, Pneumonia, and Surgical Care. The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2012 calendar year.
"HRMC is proud to receive the distinction of being a Joint Commission Top Performer," said Jason Coe, President of HRMC. "We understand that what matters most to our patients is safe, quality care. HRMC has made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through exceptional care processes."
New ER Fast Track for Minor Emergencies
There's exciting news in the Emergency Department at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center! A new patient service known as MITU (Minor Illness Treatment Unit) is now available. The Emergency Department staff listened to patient feedback and created a new service that is designed to reduce waiting time for individuals who walk in with minor illnesses and injuries.
"We realized that as the number of Emergency Department patients has increased over the last couple of years, we needed to have a dedicated physician, nurse and technician for our patients with minor injuries and illnesses," explained HRMC's ED Nurse Manager, Fran Schuster, MSN, ANP-BC. "Patient feedback from our discharge follow-up phone calls showed that patients were pleased with their medical care, but at times were frustrated with a long wait."
The new MITU service operates from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. Examples of illnesses and injuries that would typically qualify a patient for MITU treatment include sprains, simple fractures, minor cuts, and the need for stitch removal.