The Star-Herald

Company gives toward new hospital technology

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — MMG Insurance has given $10,000 to help fund new imaging technology at The Aroostook Medical Center.

Larry Shaw, president and CEO of MMG Insurance, said the company made the gift because of the impact this upgrade will have on the company’s employees and the community.

“At MMG Insurance, we see great value in supporting infrastructure that promises to directly improve the lives and health of our employees and their families as well as the greater community,” Shaw said. “Given the frequency of use of the imaging center for a wide variety of diagnosis and treatment, this will provide an important resource close to home for many.”

TAMC wants to update two x-ray rooms and its fluoroscopy room to digital radiography, which is faster and more convenient than current technology. More importantly, digital radiography exposes patients to lower doses of radiation and can provide better quality images.

Randy Bacon oversees the Imaging Center as TAMC’s director of ancillary services.  He noted that the hospital does about 17,500 radiography exams each year, and all sorts of diseases, illnesses and injuries are first detected with imaging.

“Imaging plays such a critical role in healthcare,” Bacon said.  “X-rays aren’t just for broken bones, and it isn’t just Emergency Department patients who need these exams.  Anyone might find themselves, at any time, in need of radiography.  And when they do, we want to be sure TAMC has the best radiography technology available to help them.”

To that end, the hospital began a capital campaign last summer to raise funds for the new technology. To date supporters have raised $100,000.

TAMC President and CEO Greg LaFrancois said the company’s gift is greatly appreciated.

“MMG impressed me immediately upon my arrival to The County,” LaFrancois said.  “They care deeply about our community and are out front when it comes time to act.  This donation demonstrates their incredible support for our community.”

For more information on the imaging center project, call Hollie Gowen, TAMC philanthropy officer, at 768-4250.

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