PCMH gets new equipment

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Pecos County Memorial Hospital has invested in new equipment both in the gym and in the hospital.
At the gym, it recently added a bunch of new cardio equipment, replacing older and broken units with new treadmills, recumbent bikes, seated ellipticals and more.
New cable machines should be installed by the end of February.
The cost of the new equipment was $88,000 with the hospital Auxiliary contributing $11,000.
“The Auxiliary helped us out a lot,” said Samantha Carrillo, wellness coordinator.
The gym recently increased its membership fee, with new memberships starting at $30 a month with a $20 registration fee.
The gym is staffed from 6:15 a.m. to 11 p.m., which are also the hours when the kids room is available for use.
The gym is open 24 hours a day using a key card.
Programs offered include more than 20 fitness classes with things like Zumba or Piloxing.
An endless pool is also available, which can be used during staffed hours and when not in use for therapy.
CT Machine
The new CT machine was installed on Jan. 23 and had preformed more than 20 scans in its first week of operation.
It cost $20,000 a month to run their mobile CT machine while the new one was being installed.
The CT machine is critical to the hospital to help with diagnosis of injuries and illnesses.
It is the only unit in Fort Stockton. Without it, people would have to travel to Odessa and Midland.
The CT machine is also critical for any trauma patients, allowing a faster view of organs and bones.
MRI Machine
The MRI machine is the next piece of equipment up for replacement.
Architectural designs, which involve changing the electricity and cooling systems to accommodate the new equipment, are being completed.
The hospital MRI machine went down last April and, ideally, it will have the new one installed in by summer.
“This is an expensive project,” said CEO Betsy Briscoe. “It's something we have to have to do our job.”
The mobile MRI machine costs $30,000 a month to operate.
The MRI machine helps them look at muscles and ligaments and tendons.
The hospital is leasing both the CT machine and the MRI for $183,000 per year for seven years.
“While expensive they are vital resources for our physicians and the care they provide our community,” said Briscoe.

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