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5Mar/140

North Shore-LIJ Completes Last Phase of $50M Upgrade of its Diagnostic Imaging Systems, $12M for GE Low-Dose CT Scanners to Reduce Patients Radiation Exposure

Great Neck, NY (PRWEB) January 14, 2014

The North Shore-LIJ Health System announced today that it completed the last phase of a $ 50 million, three-year project to upgrade its diagnostic imaging systems. The final phase cost $ 12 million and included installing 15 computed tomography (CT) scanners at its healthcare facilities in the metropolitan area to reduce patients’ exposure to radiation and provide the highest quality imaging.

CT technology is a critical tool for diagnosis and early detection of cancers, cardiac disease, neurological problems, trauma, inflammation and other conditions.

Last June, North Shore-LIJ announced at a news conference its purchase of 15 GE low dose CT scanners for 10 of its facilities on Long Island and in New York City. This initiative was part of the first, $ 50 million step in an on-going effort by the health system to replace or update all of its conventional diagnostic imaging systems through quality initiatives designed to assure cutting edge technological capabilities while also assuring patient safety. In addition to the equipment, North Shore-LIJ also installed system-wide monitoring software, which tracks radiation exposure by CT, creating a database that monitors levels of emission and helps radiologists adjust their practices based on the latest clinical evidence.

“North Shore-LIJ is one of the first health systems in the country to replace or upgrade all of its diagnostic imaging equipment to reduce patients’ risks to radiation exposure,” said Michael J. Dowling, president and chief executive officer of North Shore-LIJ. “This initiative is a significant investment in our commitment to move beyond treating illness but also to protect public health.”

The Joint Commission, the nation’s top hospital and healthcare accrediting organization, issued a sentinel alert about the long-term radiation risks of diagnostic imaging in 2011. Jason Naidich, MD, chairman of radiology at North Shore-LIJ, said the health system was already planning its major project to upgrade its CTs and radiology equipment when the report made national news.

“North Shore-LIJ has a comprehensive radiology safety program across its hospitals and outpatient imaging facilities,” Dr. Naidich said. “Our radiology physicians, technologists, and physicists are specifically trained in radiation safety and are committed to limiting patients’ exposure to the lowest dose necessary to make the proper diagnosis.

“We offer low-dose CT imaging in every community the health system serves and all of our emergency departments are equipped with the most-up-to-date, low-dose CT scanners,” Dr. Naidich said. “This is important for everyone, but especially for children and young adults who may be more susceptible to harm from radiation exposure over time.”

“When used appropriately, CT is a safe tool that can save lives. At North Shore – LIJ, our patients can be confident that we are using this innovative technology to make their imaging procedures even safer.”

For more information about North Shore-LIJ Imaging, call 1-855-377-3456.







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29Jun/110

Creativille, Inc. Receives International Exposure In Book Featuring Top 40 Designers In The United States, Company’s President Travels the U.S. as Lecturer

Creativille, Inc. Receives International Exposure In Book Featuring Top 40 Designers In The United States, Company's President Travels the U.S. as Lecturer










Edwardsville, IL. (PRWEB) March 7, 2008

Edwardsville-based graphic design firm, Creativille, Inc., today announced that it will be among 40 of the nation's top graphic design firms included in the trade book DesignersUSA2 published by Graphis, which also publishes the International Journal of Visual Communication. The book features the work of America's top designers in all aspects of design, including advertising, the publishing of books and catalogues, letterheads, packaging, posters, internet/interactive, point of purchase, environmental graphics, branding and much more. The book is sold in stores and sent to a select list of communications specialists throughout the United States and abroad.

In the book, Creativille, Inc. will showcase its commercial brand identity work for Helzberg Diamonds, a Kansas City-based retail mall jeweler and HBF Textiles, a commercial textiles company located in Hickory, NC; its organizational re-branding effort for the Edwardsville/Glen Chamber of Commerce; institutional branding for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and The Gardens at SIUE and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill. Among its other works showcased are its employee communications and recruiting systems for Christian Hospital and the company's work in the area of new product development and merchandise to include such creative products as a messenger bag made of recycled billboard materials.

According to Steve Hartman, president of Creativille, Inc., and creative director of the design products to be featured, "Creativille is a small design firm, located in a small Midwestern town that is doing big, big things. Our inclusion in DesignersUSA2 will introduce Creativille's work to the world with its international distribution. Having been selected as a showcase design firm in DesignersUSA2 is a tremendous compliment to the work we do for clients and I am so pleased that our work is considered among the other talent featured in the book."

As Creativille's president, Hartman is also a sought after speaker in the graphic design community and is often invited to judge design competitions throughout the United States. In November, Hartman traveled to Washington, D.C., to judge regional design competitions for the AIGA, the Professional Association for Design, and will travel to the states of South Dakota and Nebraska for a two-day lecture tour addressing design students and design professionals on the trends and work of the industry. His Nebraska stop will include an interview on the wildly popular "Be a Design Cast" design trade Podcast.

A resident of Edwardsville, Hartman established Creativille, Inc. in 2000. The company's roster of clients includes a diverse mix of Fortune 500 companies, private corporations, educational institutions and non-profit organizations located throughout the United States. Hartman sits on the National Board of Directors for AIGA, the largest design association, and has featured work in most international design books, publications and award annuals. He is also an active member of the local business community and has donated his time to the Edwardsville Arts Center.

http://www.creativille.net

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