By Mary Wade Burnside
Times West Virginian
The new digital mammography machine for Fairmont General Hospital purchased with funds raised in the community will arrive at the facility July 8 and the first appointment has been scheduled for July 22.
“It’s one of our Foundation board members who has been waiting patiently for its arrival,” said Robert C. Marquardt, the hospital’s president and CEO.
It was the Fairmont General Hospital Foundation that raised the $513,000 to purchase the digital mammography machine and make renovations to the current mammography suite, which until recently featured two rooms with two separate machines.
Until recently, both of those machines, which used film that had to be developed to see the images, were in use, although one was used more frequently than the other. The one used less has been removed as renovations begin, and when the new Hologic-brand mammography machine arrives, the other one will be retired as well.
Even though there only will be one mammography machine instead of two, Marquardt expects patient volume to grow and for the hospital to be able to handle the increase.
One reason, Marquardt said, is that appointments will be scheduled every 15 minutes instead of every 30 minutes, as had been done previously.