From the daily archives: Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District is pleased to announce its new working relationship with RadNet to provide a comprehensive array of radiology services for Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District and related parties in the Imperial Valley. RadNet is a national leader in providing high-quality, cost-effective diagnostic imaging services through a network of 206 outpatient imaging centers owned and operated by the company.

RadNet and Pioneers have established a joint venture to operate a 12,000-square-foot multimodality outpatient imaging center.  In addition, RadNet’s Imaging On Call and eRAD subsidiaries will provide in-patient and outpatient teleradiology and information technology services.  Also, RadNet and Pioneers are developing a Breast Disease Management Center to include RadNet’s BreastLink oncology services.

Under the joint venture, RadNet and Pioneers will build a multimodality outpatient imaging center, projected to be completed in 2012, to provide state-of-the-art medical imaging services to the residents of the Imperial Valley. The joint-venture facility will be the first full-service free-standing medical imaging center in the valley, providing MRI, PET/CT, CT, ultrasound, X-ray, and digital mammography. Imperial Valley Radiology Medical Group, an existing radiology group servicing Pioneers, will provide professional radiology services to the new imaging center.

Norman Hames, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Western Operations for RadNet, commented, “Given our experience with building and operating free-standing multimodality imaging centers, our reputation for providing quality medical services and our excellent relationships with insurance payers, we believe local physicians and their patients will make this new center their preferred destination for medical imaging needs. Pioneers Memorial Hospital is the premier acute-care facility in the Imperial Valley and has an excellent reputation with patients and community physicians. We are excited about affiliating with Pioneers in this venture.”

Also, Imaging On Call will provide subspecialty off-site radiology interpretation and after-hours teleradiology support to Pioneers Memorial Hospital and to Imperial Valley Radiology Medical Group. This will enable Pioneers and the newly created outpatient imaging center to access round-the-clock subspecialty radiology services. Among other capabilities, this service will facilitate the routing of images to radiologist subspecialists who are best equipped to interpret those exams, regardless of where they reside.

Under the same venture, eRAD, Inc.  will install and support a state-of-the art Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) and a Radiology Information System (RIS) in Pioneers Memorial Hospital and in the newly created outpatient center. The eRAD system includes voice recognition software to improve report response time and reduce the cost of medical transcription.  The eRAD system will also enable local and remote radiology subspecialists to view and interpret images via the Internet and will permit referring physicians to access reports and images electronically.

Pioneers Chief Executive Officer, Richard Mendoza, stated, “We are excited about establishing a broad-based radiology partnership with RadNet and are confident that RadNet’s expertise and innovative services will allow us to significantly expand the scope of imaging services at the hospital and in the community. Combining the strengths of Pioneers’ and Imperial Valley Radiology Medical Group’s presence and reputation in the community with RadNet’s diversified radiology capabilities, we project the result will significantly improve healthcare delivery in the Imperial Valley.”

 

ANDRADE, Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Andrade port of entry discovered 56 pounds of cocaine hidden inside a white 1994 Isuzu Trooper.
The incident occurred on Saturday, June 4, at about 1:55 p.m. when a CBP Officer conducting inspections of vehicles and travelers referred the driver, a 41-year-old female United States citizen, for further examination.
An intensive inspection that included a canine screening led officers to the discovery of 20 wrapped packages of cocaine concealed inside a non-factory compartment in the dashboard area and the front fenders of the vehicle.  The narcotic has a street value of $504,000.
The driver, a resident of Indio, California, was arrested for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt and was turned over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents for further processing.  She is currently being held at the Imperial County Jail pending arraignment.
CBP seized both vehicle and narcotics.

 
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