On Thursday, a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Larry D. Neff CT-MRI Suite at Freeman Neosho Hospital will be held at 11 a.m. The public is invited to attend.

On Thursday, a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new  Larry D. Neff CT-MRI Suite at Freeman Neosho Hospital will be held at 11 a.m. The public is invited to attend.
"We officially began using the Larry D. Neff CT-MRI Suite for patient testing on Sept. 27," said Renee Denton, Freeman Neosho Hospital chief operating officer. "Weather permitting, we will begin the event with a brief news conference outside the Larry D. Neff CT-MRI Suite. We will also be presented with a Grow Neosho award for the expansion. This will be followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate the facility, tours and refreshments."
Construction crews were on-site starting Dec. 12, 2016 and is located the entrances of both the Freeman Emergency and the Freeman Outpatient services.
"The project added approximately 1,700 square feet of new space to the west side of the building," she said. "An additional 1,400 square feet of existing space was remodeled. The building is home to new, state-of-the-art MRI equipment. It’s one of the quietest on the market, which increases patient comfort. The number of available appointments has doubled and a full-time MRI technician was employed."

What is an MRI?
"MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging," Denton said. "It creates detailed images of organs and tissues within the body. It’s used to find a number of issues within the body, such as tumors, cysts and other abnormalities. It can help physicians see inside joints, muscles and tendons, which makes it easier to detect various sports injuries. It can also be used to diagnose strokes, tumors and aneurysms."

Denton said Freeman Neosho Hospital is pleased with the expansion.
"We are thrilled with this project," she said. "It’s the largest project at Freeman Neosho Hospital in more than 30 years. We want to make certain residents in our community don’t have to travel significant distances to receive exceptional care. This project has enabled us to expand our services and increase the number of tests that can be performed each day. The new equipment is more comfortable for patients, and they can have their testing done in an aesthetically pleasing environment."

Other growth at the hospital.
"In addition to the expansion and renovation, this project enabled us to install a hazmat decontamination shower on the east side of the facility and a bio-med waste storage building," Denton said.