Granby Medical Center upgrades building, diagnostic equipment |

Granby Medical Center upgrades building, diagnostic equipment

Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi Daily News
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Granby Medical Center on Agate Avenue is undergoing major changes that will not only include its building, but also its medical equipment.This week, the southeastern wing of the clinics building is being demolished to make room for new modular office and clinic rooms that will be built over the next several months. A temporary trailer will serve as its business office space. Plans also include extensive remodeling that will divide the emergency-room portion of the clinic from its family-practice side.We will then be able to delineate the two better, said Dr. Tim Bohlender, the clinics Medical Director. We will also eventually expand the main wing into the parking lot located on the eastern side of the building.And the remodeling is not just to the outside of the building, said Shirra Bohlender, Tims wife and an administrative assistant with the medical center. The inside will be remodeled with a new layout, new cabinets, new examination tables and other equipment. In addition to its building, Granby Medical Center will be getting new medical equipment to update its diagnostic and treatment capabilities.Two of the most important pieces of new equipment will be CAT Scan and Ultrasound machines.CAT or CT Scan, which stands for Computerized Axial Tomography, is a machine that combines X-ray and computer technology. It generates three-dimensional digital images that allows doctors to make more accurate diagnoses.The Ultrasound machine uses high-frequency sound waves that produce pictures of the inside of the body without the use of X-rays. Ultrasound images are captured in real-time, allowing physicians to actually observe internal organs operating and blood moving through veins and arteries. Both the Ultrasound and CAT Scan machines are tools that will help Granby Medicals physicians more quickly and accurately assess a patients condition, especially in trauma cases resulting from accidents. Because of the centers limited X-ray capability at present, many patients are often sped to Denver-area hospitals by helicopter or ambulance for immediate care when internal injuries are suspected. Having the CAT Scan and Ultrasound here will save a lot of Flight For Life helicopter trips and ambulance rides down to Denver, Tim Bohlender said. Well be able to do fast exams to determine internal injuries and the build-up of fluids in the lungs, abdomen and pelvis areas.They will also help economize our time here, Shirra Bohlender said. And if we have to transport a patient to Denver, well send copies of the CAT Scan and Ultrasound to the ER doctors waiting in Denver so theyll know what to expect and be better prepared to handle the patient.The ongoing improvements at Granby Medical Center are part of a new investment by Centura Health in its mountain medical clinics.Centura is really focusing on it mountain clinics such as 7-Mile, Keystone, Copper Mountain and us, Shirra said. They want to pour in the money to improve them. This is a wonderful triumph for our community to get the kind of medical facility that it wants and needs.

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