Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 21, 2010

Well-Being Newsmakers: 10/21/2010


---- — The American Red Cross of Northwest Michigan, in collaboration with Grand Traverse County, received a $14,112 grant from the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians to upgrade and expand their health and safety program.

The grant will be used to upgrade the current Community Training Facility, purchase new furnishings and replacements for aging CPR mannequins and automated external defibrillators used during health and safety courses for businesses, organizations and the general community. The grant also will allow them to provide broader and more advanced training to the pool of volunteer health and safety instructors.

In addition, a $30,000 grant from Rotary Charities has allowed the Red Cross to hire Mary Fischer, a long-time volunteer and paid instructor, to become the chapter's dedicated health and safety coordinator to oversee the program and its development.


Otsego Memorial Hospital has added a new 64-slice computed tomography (CT) scanner to its Radiology Department.

The new unit is a GE Healthcare LightSpeed VCT scanner that features Volume Computed Tomography (VCT), the latest innovation in CT technology and the use of ASiR„¢ technology which reduces the radiation dose to patients by up to 40 percent without compromising the quality of the image. Several other area hospitals are currently operating 64-slice CT units, but Otsego Memorial indicates that it is the only facility utilizing ASiR„¢ technology.

The new unit replaces the current 10-slice CT model and allows for reduced acquisition times, improved image quality and new diagnostic possibilities.

In addition, the new VT Patient Positioning System offers a patient-friendly ergonomic table design with a longer scannable range, flexible patient positioning and higher patient weight capacity, up to 500 pounds.