Methodist Hospitals of Northwest Indiana

Methodist Hospitals of Indiana Partners with Alpha Imaging to Provide Leading Breast Care

When Methodist Hospitals of Northwest Indiana looked to take the next step in their strategy to deliver world-class women’s healthcare to their communities they called on Alpha Imaging.

“I am so excited to have the team from Alpha Imaging supporting us,” said Jennifer Sanders, Women’s Center Supervisor at Methodist Hospitals.  “Thanks to everyone at Alpha, from the executive level down to the local sales and service specialists, we have had a very positive experience with our imaging equipment.”

As one of the first facilities in the U.S. to offer three-dimensional breast tomosynthesis, Methodist has improved the sensitivity and accuracy of mammograms.  “Lesions as small as four to five millimeters, that could have been missed in the past, are now visible with the Hologic Selenia Dimensions system,” according to Sanders.  The new technology enables Methodist Hospitals to diagnose breast cancer at even earlier, more curable stages.

The benefits of the new technology extend beyond its excellent image quality.  “Our patients definitely notice the comfort of the fast paddle design and comment on it.  And our technologists love the flexibility of the system to manipulate views.  It has been a real productivity improvement for us.”

Methodist’s Breast Imaging Center was the first in Northwest Indiana to be designated a Breast imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology and to receive accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).

Patients from outside Indiana are taking notice as well.  “Our reputation for excellent breast care draws patients from Indianapolis, neighboring states and even as far west as California.  Thanks to Alpha Imaging and the Hologic Selenia Dimensions system, we are truly at the top of our game,” said Sanders.

About Methodist Hospitals

Methodist Hospitals is leading the way to better health for the communities of Northwest Indiana, implementing patient-centered initiatives that include investing in the latest treatments, technologies, and safety programs. In 2010 we invested more than $36 million in technology, equipment and patient programs, setting a new standard of care.

With primary service areas of Lake and Porter counties, our reach extends west to the Illinois border, east to LaPorte, south to Lowell and beyond.

Methodist's two full-service campuses are just 14 miles apart. The Northlake Campus is located in Gary and the Southlake Campus in Merrillville, the heart of a large, growing suburban area and one of the Midwest’s busiest retail centers. Each of our hospital campuses is comprised entirely of private rooms. During 2010, major facility investments began with the replacement of all patient room furnishings – from beds to chairs to tables – at both campuses.

Our outpatient facility, the Midlake Campus in Gary, is conveniently located between the Northlake and Southlake campuses just off of Interstate 94. Since 2003, Midlake's Rehab Center has provided exceptional outpatient rehabilitation services. Physician offices and other services are also located at this facility. A growing network of physician practices has extended our services to Crown Point and Griffith, with additional office locations in the planning stages.

Our history of improvement and innovation inspires us to continually raise the bar, investing in state-of-the-art technologies, seeking out physicians who are the best in their field, and hiring highly qualified, caring nurses and support staff. Holding steadfast to our mission to serve the healthcare needs of Northwest Indiana, we will continue leading the way to better health.

Methodist Hospitals is a not-for-profit, community-based healthcare system, which is governed by a 20-member Board of Directors. Methodist Hospitals is also a strong advocate for the continued physical, emotional and economic well-being of the residents in the many communities we serve. As stewards of our mission, we reinvest in our cities and towns through providing charitable care, community education programs, support services, and screenings. 100% of profits are reinvested to improve patient care.

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