2012-06-29 / Community

Sanders Lauds New SJEH MRI

New York City Councilman James Sanders, Jr. has announced the official unveiling of a brand new MRI machine in Far Rockaway’s St. John’s Episcopal Hospital. The machine was purchased in part with a $1.6 million investment by the City of New York, secured by the Councilman last year. Following the closure of Peninsula Hospital last year, the need for advanced medical equipment and screening techniques has become increasingly urgent as medical providers throughout the Rockaways scramble to avoid a health care crisis on the Peninsula, Sanders said.

“This MRI machine will give the doctors at St. John’s Hospital a vital new tool for the detection and treatment of degenerative disease, brain tumors, spinal trauma and other dangerous maladies that threaten our health,” said Sanders. “With St. John’s now the sole facilitator of all hospital services in the Rockaways, it has become even more urgent that the hospital and its staff are fully prepared with the state of the art medical equipment they need to render medical services to all the patients on the peninsula.”

The brand new MRI incorporates the latest technology available to make the experience as quiet, comfortable and gentle for the patient while providing medical examiners with innovative new scanning techniques. The machine’s diameter is 11cm larger than an average MRI, and doctors are now able to view different bones, body systems and functionality with minimal usage of contrast dyes, which carry the risk of high levels of toxicity.

“I am thankful to all of the stakeholders and to the hospital administration and staff, who worked with and through my office to help make this MRI a reality,” said Sanders. “We will continue to do everything in our power to ensure that the health and welfare of the people of the Rockaways will not suffer from lack of vitally needed medical services or equipment.”

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