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New Emory outpatient imaging center opens in McDonough

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Janet Christenbury
Emory Healthcare
Howard Aihara
Alliance HealthCare Services

Emory University Hospital Midtown is opening its second outpatient diagnostic imaging center to better serve patients, this one located in McDonough, Ga. The center offers MRI, CT and diagnostic X-ray imaging services closer to home for patients living on the south side of Atlanta, while replicating Emory Healthcare’s excellence in quality and services.

Emory University Hospital Midtown engaged Alliance Imaging, a division of Alliance HealthCare Services, Inc., to work collaboratively with the hospital in the design of the imaging center, as well as the day-to-day management and operation of the 4,000 square foot center. This includes competitive and process improvement support, patient/physician satisfaction and providing radiology equipment for the center. Emory University Hospital Midtown chose Alliance for its expertise in providing imaging services and developing imaging centers.

“Combined with Emory’s expertise in clinical services, this model allows a more convenient, quality experience for patients,” says Dane Peterson, CEO of Emory University Hospital Midtown. "We are hopeful this center will provide a new imaging option for people who live and work in the Southern Crescent."

Emory opened its first outpatient imaging center in collaboration with Alliance in October 2012 in Buford, Ga. The services are similar to those in McDonough. Both imaging centers fall under the outpatient radiology operations at Emory University Hospital Midtown.

"We are excited to expand our relationship with a world class organization like Emory Healthcare," says Larry C. Buckelew, chairman of the board and interim chief executive officer of Alliance HealthCare Services. "This new imaging center project in McDonough, Ga., is an excellent example of the Enhanced Value Proposition that Alliance offers hospitals and healthcare groups for a broad array of imaging and oncology services."

About Emory Healthcare

Emory Healthcare, the largest, most comprehensive health system in Georgia, includes Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital, Wesley Woods Geriatrics Center, Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Emory Johns Creek Hospital, Emory-Adventist Hospital, The Emory Clinic, Emory Specialty Associates, and the Emory Healthcare Network.

In fiscal year 2012, Emory Healthcare had $2.4 billion in annual net revenue and provided $72.1 million in charity care. It has 14,735 staff employees and 1,918 hospital beds (including jointly owned hospitals). Annual inpatient hospital admissions total 61,760, and annual outpatient service visits, 3.8 million.

About Alliance HealthCare Services

Alliance HealthCare Services is a leading national provider of advanced outpatient diagnostic imaging and radiation therapy services based upon annual revenue and number of systems deployed. Alliance focuses on MRI, PET/CT and CT through its Imaging division and radiation therapy through its Oncology division. With more than 1,800 team members committed to providing exceptional patient care and exceeding customer expectations, Alliance provides quality clinical services for over 1,000 hospitals and other healthcare partners in 44 states. Alliance operates 482 diagnostic imaging and radiation therapy systems. The Company is the nation's largest provider of advanced diagnostic mobile imaging services and one of the leading operators of fixed-site imaging centers, with 130 locations across the country. As one of the leading providers of stereotactic radiosurgery nationwide, Alliance also operates 28 radiation therapy centers, including 17 dedicated stereotactic radiosurgery facilities—many of which are operated in conjunction with local community hospital partners, providing advanced treatment and care for cancer patients.

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