|RICHMOND, Virginia (July 22, 2015) – OrthoVirginia announced today that it will acquire magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology at its Henrico Parham location, one of its busiest offices of 11 Central Virginia practice sites.
The new fixed MRI will provide significantly greater geographic access and convenience to this service for patients north and northwest of the James River. OrthoVirginia’s mobile MRI will remain in use, continuing to serve patients south of the James and in Farmville, VA. It is anticipated this MRI will positively contribute to OrthoVirginia’s initiatives in reducing the overall costs of health care.
“This addition directly benefits our patients. Their MRIs will be easier to schedule and can now be done in locations convenient to residents north and south of the River. It is important also that this particular MRI is specifically designed for musculo-skeletal needs,” said David D. Nedeff, M.D., orthopaedic specialist in shoulder and sports medicine, who is also current MRI medical director and will continue to serve in this role for the additional unit.
OrthoVirginia administrator Jim Perkins added, “The addition of this MRI will enhance needed access to orthopaedic care for our many patients in Central Virginia who have had to travel for their MRI needs. We are very glad to expand our services in ways that enhance technological capabilities and for delivering cost-effective care within the region. The Virginia Department of Health endorsed this based on clearly demonstrated community need and anticipated tangible benefits to patient care.”
OrthoVirginia filed its Certificate of Public Need (COPN) application with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and has received approval to proceed. VDH recognized the significant improvement this fixed MRI will provide in patient access. Up to this point, OrthoVirginia performed MRI procedures on its single mobile unit located at its Johnston-Willis and Farmville locations. The practice has been referring out to other MRI service providers two-thirds of its patients who require an MRI scan.
This MRI facility is expected to cost $2.2 million. It should be fully operational by early 2016.
OrthoVirginia, established in 1960, is an orthopaedic surgery group with 11 locations serving the greater Richmond, Prince George County, Kilmarnock and Farmville areas, including seven physical therapy locations and two outpatient surgery centers. Earlier this year, the practice merged with Commonwealth Orthopaedics in northern Virginia to become the largest orthopaedic specialty group practice in the state, with a total of 82 physicians, 21 office locations, an MRI facility in northern Virginia, and multiple physical and occupational therapy clinics and outpatient surgery centers.