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Happenings in the Neighborhood – Volume 1, Issue 2
SOMOS Selects Neighborhood Radiology as their Preferred Imaging Provider
For the first time, the 2,500 physicians and nearly 700,000 patients in the SOMOS network have a preferred imaging provider.
As a preferred provider, NRS will provide SOMOS network patients access to high-quality diagnostic, women’s and preventive imaging services in a comfortable and convenient outpatient setting, which provides for the cost-effective savings mandated by the New York State Department of Health as managed care moves toward value-based payment reform.
“Neighborhood Radiology Services is a natural choice” says Ramon Tallaj, M.D., Chairman of the Board of SOMOS. “Their mission aligns with our own, allowing us to work in concert to offer efficient, accountable care in the communities we serve.”
SOMOS selected NRS based on its ability to deliver high quality radiology services in a highly efficient, cost-effective manner. SOMOS patients are culturally and ethnically diverse, and Neighborhood has the infrastructure and multi-lingual staff needed to support them.
“We’re delighted to serve the needs of SOMOS providers and their patients,” said Daniel DiPietro, Director of Operations for Neighborhood Radiology Services. “Our locations throughout New York and Long Island, our commitment to exceptional care and our on-site doctors and staff deliver a patient experience unlike any other imaging center or network in the region.”
SOMOS is one of 25 networks throughout New York State chosen to participate in the Delivery System Reform Incentive Program (DSRIP). The program is designed to reduce waste and inefficiencies in healthcare delivery and reduce healthcare costs.
NRS is going to Mars
No, we’re not opening a new imaging center on the red planet, and we’re not training our radiologists to read the diagnostic images of little green men. However, the Neighborhood Radiology Services name will be etched onto a microchip embedded within the life-hunting Mars 2020 rover, which is scheduled to be launched during the summer of 2020 and arrive on the surface of Mars in February 2021.
Using an electron beam, technicians at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA will etch our name onto the microchip in lines of text that are smaller than a human hair.
The rover is designed to hunt for signs of life that may have once existed on the planet, characterize the planet’s geology, search for water or ice beneath the surface and test a new device that will generate oxygen from Mars’ thin, carbon-dioxide-rich atmosphere.
Hey—if the oxygen device works, we may someday be opening an imaging center there after all!
The challenges of installing a new MRI system
Many people think that installing a new MRI machine at an imaging center is simply a matter of placing it in a room and plugging it in. If only it were that simple!
Installing an MRI is an extremely complex operation. It takes the combined effort of many people in construction, engineering and information technology. At our new Sunnyside location, our challenge was to install TWO of them!
First, there was extensive site preparation. A physicist needed to first verify the site and specify the precise placement of the machines. Next, the rooms were outfitted with special magnetic shielding in the walls surrounding the MRI systems. The floors beneath the machine were reinforced, and there was extensive planning throughout the imaging suites for accessibility and workflow.
The delivery of these machines was no small task. Entire city blocks in New York were closed while dozens of workers delivered the machines and moved them slowly and carefully into the building. A large hole was cut in the floor, and then a special hoist was used to lower the 30,000 – 50,000 pound machines to the basement floor.
Two specially trained technicians remained on-site for each install, making constant adjustments to compensate for disturbances in the surrounding environment…such as power lines, traffic patterns, sewer lines, power transformers, moving metal objects like elevators and more. In a city like New York, you can bet that there are A LOT of disturbances to contend with. What’s more, each of the two MRI systems in the same building can affect the other, which is why a physicist involved in site planning was so important.
Once in place, installation and information technology personnel must integrate the machine with operator workstations and PACS systems, load software and conduct tests of the machine. Finally, the machines are tested extensively before the first patient can be imaged.
MRI machines like our newly installed 1.5T and 3T systems at our Sunnyside location are a critical component of modern healthcare. They allow doctors to see inside the human body with greater clarity and precision than ever before, which can lead to a more accurate diagnosis for patients and successful treatment of a host of diseases and health conditions.
Meet our New Doctors
NRS is proud to welcome two neuroradiology specialists to our team:
DR. JOSEPH L. RACANELLI – NEURORADIOLOGY
Dr. Racanelli received his medical degree from Northeastern Ohio College of Medicine, followed by an internship at Nassau County Medical Center. He served as chief resident during his Diagnostic Radiology residency at Creighton University Medical Center. Additionally, Dr. Racanelli received specialty fellowship training in Neuroradiology at the Mayo Clinic. He is board certified by the American Board of Radiology in Diagnostic Radiology, with a certificate of added qualification in Neuroradiology.
DR. JOSEPH A. MARCHIONE – NEURORADIOLOGY
Dr. Marchione received his medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical School, and completed his internship in Internal Medicine at North Shore / LIJ University Hospital. He then completed his residency in Diagnostic Radiology and dedicated fellowship in Neuroradiology at Mt. Sinai Medical Center. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Radiology.
Happenings in the Neighborhood – Volume 1, Issue 1
Our new logo has arrived!
We are proud to unveil our new logo… a new and modernistic design to better reflect our state-of-the-art imaging centers, as well as the abbreviated version of our name. The colors remain the same, but the new logo will start appearing on center signage, brochures, referral pads and more.
New Neighborhood Radiology Location to Launch in Fall 2019
Our new Sunnyside – Queens Boulevard location is our vision for the medical imaging center of the future. When completed, it will be our newest and most comprehensive center, elegantly appointed and tastefully decorated.
The new center will offer 3D mammography, MRI, CT, Ultrasound, Bone Densitometry and X-ray, and a host of convenient features for patients including private changing rooms, complementary beverages and free WiFi.
Remodeled Forest Hills – Queens Boulevard Center
Our Forest Hills – Queens Boulevard location is getting a make-over!
There is a reason for this remodel, and that is to create a more pleasant experience for our patients. In addition to a more comfortable lobby, changing rooms and waiting areas, we’ll have complimentary WiFi and other amenities to promote a more relaxed and stress-free experience. In fact, you might think our new look is more like a spa than an imaging center!
Our newly remodeled Forest Hills – Queens Boulevard Center is the image of things to come…
Follow Us on Social Media
We are launching new Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages to keep you up to date on what’s new in the Neighborhood. Our @NRSRadiology pages will bring you the latest updates about tests and treatments, free lectures and events, and access to special pricing. The information could even help save a life as we share the latest information on disease prevention, heart and cancer screenings and new treatment options through our pages. Come learn what’s new in the Neighborhood!