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    NMRTC Bremerton Enhances Technological Capabilities in Radiology

    NMRTC Bremerton Enhances Technological Capabilities in Radiology

    Photo By Petty Officer 1st Class ryan riley | 200527-N-MZ309-1013 BREMERTON, Wash. (May 27, 2020) Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Marc...... read more read more

    Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, clinical support services at Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command (NMRTC) Bremerton continue to advance in patient-care support.

    The command’s Radiology Department unveiled the latest in advanced x-ray technology May 27, 2020.

    The addition of the new equipment can be traced back to 2018 when a newly assigned Sailor checked into the Radiology Department. As an x-ray technician, he quickly realized that his new command could use some upgrading to enhance their x-ray capabilities.

    Thanks to the proactive determination of Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Marc Gasbarri, NMRTC Bremerton has added the Samsung GC85 with AccE Detector.

    “It’s up and running, all installed and the protocols we have done matches everything we need at this hospital and then some,” said Gasbarri. “At this point in time on the west coast we have one of the most state-of-the-art facilities out of anywhere, from (Naval Medical Center) San Diego all the way up to here.”

    Gasbarri attests that the new radiologic system can support well over 100 patients daily and if necessary, is capable of operating around the clock.

    “The new radiographic system is a diagnostic system used for all forms of diagnosis needs ranging from ruling out fractures in orthopedics to working with any soft tissue or organ issues that can be identified in the body,” explained Gasbarri. “The radiology department sees most common orthopedic examinations but has seen an increase from other clinical aspects and this system and staff has been able to support all needs.”

    Additionally, the system is a digital readout with wireless transfer reporting making it directly tied to the Department of Defense electronic health record MHS GENESIS that was deployed at the command in 2017, giving immediate availability for providers to view reports and imaging conducted for that patient.

    The upgraded equipment includes auto-positioning capable of moving to more than 500 exam positions - even the most frequent position can be controlled with a handheld wireless remote control – along with a motorized wall stand that allows the operator the ability to precisely position the required angle needed with just one touch of the control panel. There’s also an auto-tracking option for synchronization of the movement of the tube and detector which automatically reduces repetitive workflows.

    According to Gasbarri, finally getting to the point of becoming operational was no easy task. It involved a lot of moving pieces to make it a reality.

    “I started the project two years ago when I first checked on board. So it is really good to see this machine up and running and fully capable,” said Gasbarri. “The hardest part was really coordinating a lot of the construction and installment. We worked with teams all over the United States coming in and out of this facility in getting this machine installed and running. (It was) Really tough but absolutely amazing.”

    Gasbarri readily acknowledges that it was a team effort to accomplish bringing in the new equipment which was echoed by leadership also lauding all the Sailors’ efforts.

    “This has been a long process,” said Cmdr. Anil Shah, director of Clinical Support Services. “A lot of challenges. You guys have been awesome, adaptive, and flexible in being able to mitigate any issues very well. This will make our patient flow so much better.”

    After the command radiologic technicians received mandatory training to become certified in operating the new machinery, a ceremonial ribbon cutting was held to officially announce the new capabilities.

    The Samsung team has worked very hard with us and was able to provide direct hands on training to 24 technologists and certifying them in the use of this machine and all its protocols and capabilities,” Gasbarri said.

    During the ceremony, all Sailors remained mindful of social distancing and Capt. Shannon Johnson, commanding officer of NMRTC Bremerton, joined to congratulate the radiology team for their dedication in increasing patient care capabilities.

    “I enjoyed being able to participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony for one of our newly renovated x-ray rooms. This has been a two year project, spearheaded by our own HM3 Marc Gasbarri, the lead Radiology equipment petty officer. He has been our lead for the purchasing, planning, and installation of a SAMSUNG GC85 at both the hospital and Bangor Medical Clinic. This is the state of the art imaging machine, and it will substantially improve patient safety, care quality, and also the overall experience of our patients and staff. Well done HM3 Gasbarri, and our radiologists Cmdr. Terrel Galloway and Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Bauer, and the entire Radiology Department team that has made this project such a successful endeavor, ensuring that once again, Bremerton leads with innovation,” shared Johnson.

    NMRTC Bremerton supports more than 60,000 military families in West Puget Sound, shaping military medicine through training, mentoring and research to ensure a ready medical force and operationally ready force.



    Date Taken: 05.27.2020
    Date Posted: 05.29.2020 09:37
    Story ID: 371005
    Location: BREMERTON , WA, US 

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