A new ultrasound machine for the Logan County Hospital is being purchased thanks to a $92,500 grant to the Logan County Healthcare Foundation from the Foundation.
The grant will cover the purchase of a new ultrasound unit for the hospital’s radiology department. Currently, ultrasounds are performed via a mobile unit out of Hays. Last year, Logan County Hospital, Oakley, performed more than 300 ultrasounds for area patients. The mobile unit visits the hospital twice a week, meaning that patients might have to travel more than 30 miles or wait several days for the test to be performed, and longer for results to be available.
An ultrasound is a non-invasive test used to, among other things, monitor pregnancies, assist in the diagnosis of gallbladder disease and some cancers, view tumors and check blood flow.
Logan County Hospital is a critical access hospital that serves residents from Oakley and all of Logan County as well as patients from Colby, Grainfield and other rural communities.