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HCHC website to receive update

Dec 21, 2016

BY BRYCE KELLY

Mt. Pleasant News

The Henry County Health Center (HCHC) website is getting a facelift soon, and health center officials say they expect the update to be very well received.

During the HCHC Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, Shelley Doak, HCHC Director of Public Information, gave board members an exclusive sneak peek at the newly redesigned website, which provides simpler navigation for users and updated content.

“Over the past year or so, we’ve been reviewing our digital presence,” said Doak. “Since we’ve been doing this review, we’ve come up with ways to increase our presence on Facebook and search engines, and that has worked. What we realized though, is that with the increased traffic we have visiting our website, we need to update it to make it a little more user friendly.”

Not only will the new design be made to be accessible by desktop computer, but Doak also reported that the website is mobile device compatible, making it easier to navigate the website from any mobile device, such as a tablet or smartphone.

The new website design met the approval of the board of trustees with many of them saying it was a much-needed improvement from the old website, which was developed in 2008. According to Doak, the new site should go live within the next few days.

Not only did the board hear about improvements being made in the public information sphere, but they also received an update from HCHC Imaging Services Director, Todd Steenblock, who updated the board on the happenings of the health center’s 3D mammography usage.

According to Steenblock, in September the health center successfully implemented a new type of breast mammography called tomosynthesis (tomo) that provides a more comprehensive breast examination, and since that time has seen very positive outcomes.

“Since we started using the machine, we now have about 90 percent of our patients coming in for mammograms using the tomo,” said Steenblock. “And with the 3D imaging, it’s cut our callback for rescans by quite a lot.”

Performed with enhanced digital mammography using the same scanner as a typical mammogram machine, breast tomo takes multiple images of the entire breast, which allows radiologists to see through layers of tissue and examine areas of concern from all angles.

A typical mammogram only takes roughly two images per breast. Breast tomo takes about 13 images per breast, giving radiologists a way to detect breast cancer earlier and gain a better understanding of the size, shape, and location of any abnormalities. In addition, breast tomo gives sharper images of dense breast tissue. Steenblock says many patients have also reported that the overall process of a mammogram using the tomo is quicker.

In other news, the board:

• Approved a funded depreciation withdrawal of $500,000 to help pay for the recently completed parking lot project. According to HCHC CEO Robb Gardner, the parking lot has been reopened, and minor adjustments to the gutters and lighting for the parking lot canopy are underway.

• Reviewed the health center’s profession and cyber insurance policies with insurance agent, Brian Mattlock, of Ruhl and Ruhl Insurance.

• Approved several minor bylaw revisions for the HCHC Auxiliary committee.

• Approved the fiscal year 2018 budget calendar.

The next HCHC Board of Trustees meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at noon, in the HCHC Board Room.

 

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