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State of the art MRI now in place at hospital

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The Sunnyside Community Hospital Board of Trustees joined the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce and the Miss Sunnyside Court to officially open the hospital's new MRI unit to the public. Pictured are (L-R) Sunnyside Community Hospital trustees Chris Rivas and Dr. Jon Mercer, Chamber Director Pam Turner, Miss Sunnyside Princesses Vanessa Serna and Jenny Hall, hospital CEO John Gallagher, Miss Sunnyside Madison Marquez, Miss Sunnyside Princess Josie Marro, Dr. David Shoemaker, and hospital trustees Mary Ann Bliesner, David Ballinger and Jim Sewell.

Sunnyside Community Hospital staff welcomed the community to view its shiny, new, state of the art MRI unit now permanently housed at the hospital. The Lower Yakima Valley now has the latest in MRI technology available for patient care, according to John Gallagher, Sunnyside Community Hospital CEO. "The hospital and our board of trustees has committed substantial resources toward implementing this new technology," he explained "Through this reinvestment into our community, we are solidifying full time access to this high end technology and are very pleased to be able to raise the level of services provided here at Sunnyside Community Hospital," Gallagher said. With the new MRI unit, patients can expect improvements in comfort and unparalleled image quality with faster, more accurate images, he explained. The unit's larger opening allows for more room and for the ability for patients to remain in a more comfortable position during procedures. During Tuesday's unveiling of the General Electric Optima MR 450 MRI machine, Dr. David Shoemaker assured those present that the new machine will be less like entering a torpedo to undergo the MRI procedure and more like entering a bagel. "The bed of the machine is designed to be wider, the machine itself is quieter and the entrance into the imaging portal is much wider, making it less claustrophobic for those bothered by being in tight places," he explained.

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