February 06, 2017 10:30AM
Workers installed new digital x-ray equipment in the Bryant Student Health Center at Pittsburg State University last week. The work represented not just an improvement in health care for students, officials said, but also another example of partnerships between the community and the university that benefit the students.
Kathleen Sandness, medical director at the student health center, said the digital x-ray system, which replaces an older one, was donated by Via Christi Hospital.
“Via Christi has always been a big supporter of PSU,” Sandness said. “They had some x-ray equipment that was not being used and offered it to the health center.”
Randy Cason, president of Via Christi Hospital, said the hospital was proud to partner with the university and the community it has served for more than a century.
“The student health center provides critical access to primary care for PSU students. As such, it is an important partner for Via Christi,” Cason said. “Continuity of care and access to primary care is vital to bringing down the overall cost of care and quite frankly provides better care. The donation of the new x-ray equipment will provide PSU students and caregivers access to better imaging for diagnosis, while lowering the radiation exposure from the imaging study.”
Sandness said the new equipment complements a student health care system at PSU that is one of the most comprehensive on any university campus.
According to Rita Girth, director of operations, the Bryant Student Health Center received 13,000 student visits last year. That includes about 350 x-ray images. In addition to x-rays, the health center maintains its own pharmacy. Specialists, including a dietician, dermatologist, orthopedist, cardiologist and OB/GYN doctor routinely see patients at the health center.
Because Sandness, a physician who had her own medical practice in Pittsburg for many years, has medical privileges at Via Christi, she can admit students who need hospital care to Via Christi and serves as their doctor during their stay.
“We want to make health care as seamless and efficient as possible for the students we serve,” Sandness said. “Whether it is a bout with the flu, managing a chronic condition or dealing with a more serious illness that requires hospitalization, our goal is to provide high quality care and to do so in a way that is both timely and personal. We couldn’t do that without the support of partners like Via Christi Hospital and the area medical community.”