News Around-the-Clock MRI Suite, Expansion at Seton Highland Lakes

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BURNET, Texas - (Feb. 4, 2013) - For the first time, residents in the Highland Lakes region will have access to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology around the clock. Seton Highland Lakes Hospital has secured $2.6 million to purchase new MRI equipment, build a permanent MRI suite inside the hospital and renovate patient admissions and visitor waiting areas.

Hospital MRI services today are offered in a mobile unit, three days per week. The new 2,400-square-foot suite will provide patients access to MRI services 24 hours a day, seven days a week reducing wait time for appointments or travel outside the area.

The majority of the project will be funded through a $2 million gift from the Highland Lakes Health Fund (HLHF). The gift is the largest ever received from the HLHF board in their 15-year partnership with the hospital. The remaining funds for the project will be provided by Seton.

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(In photo left to right: John Robertson, HLHF; Carey Johnson, HLHF; Charity Taber, HLHF; Eric Hughes, MD - HLHF; Shirley Schmidt, HLHF; David Humphries, HLHF; Roy Oakley, HLHF; Terri Lilley Guling, HLHF; Arie Dejong, Seton Highland Lakes; Annette Ussery, HLHF; Sr. Helen Brewer, Seton Healthcare Family; Karol French, HLHF; Charley Scarborough, Seton Fund,; Michelle Robertson, Seton Healthcare Family; Becky Fox ,Seton Highland Lakes)

"From the beginning of the partnership between Seton Highland Lakes and the Highland Lakes Health Fund, the goal of both has been to provide the best and most complete set of health care services possible to our community," said John Robertson, board member, Highland Lakes Health Fund. "The Seton Highland Lakes Hospital and Clinics and the HLHF Medical Campus provide services and specialties that were not available locally in the past. With this $2 million investment, a critical piece of the system becomes a permanent feature of the hospital."

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An MRI scan is an extremely accurate method of detecting diseases and abnormalities. These conditions include brain bleeding and swelling, aneurysms, stroke, tumors of the brain, diseases of the spine, structures of the heart and aorta including detection of aneurysms and tears, disease detection in glands and organs, and accurate measurements on the structure of joints, soft tissues and bones.

Construction is expected to begin in February and be completed in the fall. The project will expand waiting areas to provide patients and their family members and more privacy during admission.

"The ongoing alliance between Seton Highland Lakes Hospital and the Highland Lakes Health Fund is what a community like ours is all about," said Cary Johnson, director, Highland Lakes Health Fund. "Convenient access to quality health care such as that provided by Seton Highland Lakes Hospital is evidence of the great things that can be accomplished when a group of individuals come together to work toward such a worthwhile goal."

Said Arie Dejong, administrator and chief operating officer, Seton Highland Lakes Hospital and vice president, Seton Family of Hospitals, "We are grateful for this gift which, in combination with other generous contributions from our friends and neighbors, ensures Seton Highland Lakes will continue to provide the patients we serve with access to quality care close to home."

Seton Highland Lakes Hospital, a member of the Seton Healthcare Family, is a Level IV, 25-bed acute care Critical Access Hospital that provides comprehensive, state-of-the-art health care service to residents in Burnet, Llano, Blanco and Lampasas counties, as well as parts of Williamson and Travis counties. Seton Highland Lakes offers 24-hour emergency care, diagnostic and treatment services plus home health and hospice services. For primary and preventive healthcare services, Seton Highland Lakes operates health care centers for patients in Burnet, Marble Falls, Bertram, Lampasas, and coming soon in Kingsland, in addition to the Seton Heart Institute.

For more information about Seton Highland Lakes, visit www.seton.net/shl.

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