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Tustin-based Toshiba America Medical Systems beefs up nationwide patient care initiative

Toshiba’s ongoing grant helps fund the Putting Patients First Program.

by derek larsenPublished: September 02, 2011 07:30 AM

Tustin-based Toshiba America Medical Systems recently announced the expansion of the fourth annual Putting Patients First Program. The program is committed to improving patient care and medical-imaging quality and is administered by the Association for Medical Imaging Management.

Funded by Toshiba America Medical, the Putting Patients First Program awards six grants to hospitals and imaging centers with the best patient programs and practices. This year, an additional $20,000 grant will be given to an Integrated Delivery Network to finance improvements associated with CT, MR, ultrasound, x-ray and vascular imaging.

“The Putting Patients First Program grants provide healthcare facilities with resources to implement programs that otherwise might not be available,” said Roland Rhynus, president of the Association for Medical Imaging Management.

Three of the program’s six grants will be handed out for improvements in pediatric imaging, and the other three will be provided for improvements in overall patient care and safety in imaging.

Cathy Wolfe, senior director of corporate and strategic communications at Toshiba, said the program makes good on its namesake. “Through the continued growth of the Putting Patients First Program, we hope to help healthcare facilities create innovative programs designed to improve patient safety and comfort, provide continued education for healthcare providers and share best practices with others.”

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