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Christ Hospital Imaging Center opens and earns LEED Silver certification

Cincinnati’s Christ Hospital is one of the region’s best and is consistently ranked as one of the top 50 hospitals in the United States.  As the hospital continues to grow, it must also stay innovative and be a leader in the Cincinnati region when it comes to health care services.

As a result, the Christ Hospital has recently opened their new Christ Hospital Imaging Center in Madisonville.  The new imaging center occupies half of the 30,000 square foot medical office space within the Red Bank Crossing II building, located in the larger five-building Red Bank Crossing medical campus and mixed-use retail development.

The Christ Hospital Imaging Center’s building recently achieved LEED Silver certification.  “Green medical office space is the growing sector of commercial space,” says Dan Neyer, president of Neyer Properties, and the Red Bank Crossing developer.

Victor DiPilla, vice president of administration at Christ Hospital, says that green medical offices save money, the environment and improve our health.  Christ Hospital is also a member of Practice Greenhealth which is a national organization for health care institutions committed to sustainable, eco-friendly practices to improve the health of patients, staff and the environment.

The new imaging center boasts green attributes such as motion detection lighting, automatic dimming for natural lighting, no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in paints and materials, low-flow water features, Energy Star-rated appliances and separation and recycling of all construction waste materials.

“As a major health care leader in Cincinnati, we feel we had to lead the way in healing the environment,” says DiPilla.  DiPilla goes on to say that green building is not only the environmentally-responsible thing to do, but also the financially-responsible thing to do.

The imaging center is unique in its operations because it allows patients to break free of the confines of a traditional MRI.  The center is the first in the region to utilize Ambient Experience with the Philips Panorama high-field open (HFO) MR system.

This type of experience can help put patients at east during the MR scans and reduce procedure time.  The Panorama HFO features the widest patient gap of any high-field MR system at just over five feet across.

The imaging center also offers 64-slice computed tomography, ultrasound for general medical and vascular cases, digital x-ray and mammography and Dual Energy X-Ray Acquisition (DEXA) to measure bone mineral density.

A public open house for the new Christ Hospital Imaging Center will be held on May 14th from 3-5pm.  The imaging center is located at 4440 Red Bank Road in Fairfax and is open from 7am to 7pm Monday through Friday, and 7:30am to 4pm on Saturday.  Mammograms or physician-prescribed tests can be scheduled by calling (513) 585-2668.

Writer: Randy Simes
Source: Victor DiPilla, Vice President of Administration, Christ Hospital; Neyer Properties; Michael Beauchat, Christ Hospital
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