Published on April 19, 2021

Essentia Health announces first major equipment purchase for Vision Northland

Imaging equipment purchased for the Vision Northland project.

Essentia Health has made its first major purchase of medical equipment for the new St. Mary’s Medical Center, which headlines the $900 million Vision Northland project.

After thorough evaluation, an Essentia Health team selected imaging equipment for operating rooms, interventional suites and the radiology department. The multidisciplinary team is choosing a single vendor: Siemens Medical Solutions.

The 19 pieces of equipment represent the first purchase for the hospital, which is expected to be complete in the first quarter of 2023. Most of it will be installed on the new hospital’s seventh floor, where it will be used by surgical teams and teams from the heart and vascular center, interventional radiology and interventional neurology.

Nearly 90% of hospitalized patients get some kind of imaging, which illustrates the important role the technology can play in diagnosing and treating patients, said Dr. David Alexander, radiology section chair at St. Mary’s.

“We will have faster, more accurate images with better resolution,” said Dr. Alexander. “Another benefit for patients is lower doses of radiation with the new equipment.”

The equipment will help diagnose and treat a variety of conditions. In some cases, it also provides real-time imaging, which has become the standard in several medical specialties.

The equipment in three new hybrid suites will allow interventional neurologists and interventional radiologists to quickly diagnose and treat conditions without having to move the patient. This is especially important when minutes can make a difference in a patient’s outcome, Dr. Alexander said.

The new imaging equipment includes three digital radiographic systems, two CT scanners, two MRIs, a SPECT camera system and a radiographic/fluoroscopic system. It also includes equipment for two interventional cardiac catherization labs, two interventional electrophysiology labs, two interventional/neurovascular/peripheral labs, two interventional angiographic labs, one interventional angiographic/CT procedural suite and one nuclear cardiology suite.

“We wanted optimal image quality and the best technology to provide the highest level of diagnostics and therapeutic care to our patients,” said Ron Siebert, operations administrator at the Essentia Health St. Mary’s-Heart & Vascular Center.
Siemens will also become the standard for imaging equipment across Essentia Health.

“Having one vendor will help us improve quality in our clinical practice and help us work to create efficiencies in how we provide care,” Siebert said.

Choosing one vendor also helped negotiate better pricing that was 43 percent below the original price list from a variety of vendors, Siebert said. The total cost of the equipment came to $15.3 million.

Attached are photos of Siemens’ ARTIS-Pheno. This piece of equipment will be installed in a hybrid OR suite. It is a flexible imaging system designed to support any interventional procedure. The new system will be used in interventional cardiology, interventional vascular surgery and interventional radiology.

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