(Manhattan, NY – July 27, 2022) Patients at NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan will soon benefit from access to the latest computed tomography (CT) diagnostic technology, made possible through a $4.9M award in Fiscal Year 2023 capital funding from Council Member Diana Ayala and New York City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams. In addition to the CT Scanner, the funds will also be used to purchase a new portable C-ARM and ultrasound machines. The new CT Scanner will replace the current scanner – which is over ten years old and at the end of its useful life – and will enable faster scans that produce high-quality images, allowing medical staff to quickly determine health status and course of treatment while giving patients access to up-to-date health care technology close to home. The new ultrasound machines will replace the current end-of-life units at the facility, which are over eight years old. Updating and enhancing this diagnostic equipment will prevent disruption of services due to faulty and aged equipment, offer better resolution and state-of-the-art modules, greater flexibility for patient comfort and enhance the physician’s ability to diagnose and treat patients.
“We are grateful to Council Member Diana Ayala and Speaker Adrienne Adams for awarding this capital funding to upgrade our imaging technology,” said Cristina Contreras, CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan. “As a community hospital, our goal is to ensure that our patients have access to quality health care as close to home as possible. The ability to purchase new state-of-the-art equipment will help to improve health care access and health outcomes for the East Harlem Community.”
“Our patients deserve to walk into our health care facilities and know that their providers are using only the latest, most state-of-the-art medical equipment,” said NYC Health + Hospitals President and CEO Mitchell Katz, MD. “The new CT Scanner, C-ARM, and ultrasound machines will improve image quality, ensure faster results, and assist practitioners with devising a course of treatment that gets patients on track for healthier outcomes. We are grateful to Council Member Diana Ayala for her continued support, generosity, and commitment to the East Harlem/El Barrio community.”
“We are thrilled to have allocated crucial funding to support the work of Metropolitan Hospital in improving the quality of their services, further providing fair and just medical access for our city’s most underserved. This ongoing effort to supply equitable healthcare to East Harlem must be commended,” said Deputy Speaker Diana Ayala, “I look forward to continuing this support in improving health outcomes across economic and ethnic thresholds.”
Computerized Tomography or CT scan is among the most valuable diagnostic imaging tools in modern medicine. Combining X-ray images from 64 different angles or slices, providers can see clear, three-dimensional images of bones, blood vessels, and soft tissue. CT scans can be used to diagnose disease or life-threatening illnesses associated with chest pain, abdominal pain, trouble breathing, stroke, and cardiovascular disease. These scans also assist in procedures by helping physicians to accurately guide the placement of instruments or treatments. CT is fast, painless, noninvasive, and accurate, but is particularly well suited to quickly examine people who may have internal injuries from car accidents or other types of trauma.
Deputy Speaker Ayala also provided Metropolitan with $1.9 million in capital funding in FY 22 and has provided the hospital with over $13 million dollars in capital funding since 2019, which has been used to purchase critically needed patient care equipment, as well as to renovate and modernize patient care units.