Martinsville Memorial Hospital – News and Announcements

Seed Implants Now Being Offered
Memorial Hospital has begun offering radioactive seed implants for those suffering from prostate cancer. With the arrival of Dr. Nigel Goodchild, our new Radiation Oncologist, plans were implemented to be able to offer this service to our patients. Done in conjunction with the Urologist, Physicist and Radiation Oncologist, radioactive seeds are implanted into the prostate. The hospital purchased the “Spot Pro” Needle Navigator which is one of the most up-to-date state-of-the-art seed implementation systems available. This machine gives the physicians the capability to do live 3D planning right in the operating room meaning adjustments can be made as needed making it extremely accurate. Linked seeds, which are about the size of a grain of rice, are then injected into the patient’s prostate. The number of seeds will depend on the size of the cancer. This procedure is done under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. There is minimal discomfort after the procedure and most men are able to return to work after a week.

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of death in men, however, if caught in the early stages, the five year survival rate is extremely good. MEN, remember to have your screenings and see your doctor if you are experiencing any symptoms.

Hospital Designated as a Top 100 Hospital-Performance Improvement Leader
Memorial Hoospital was recently named one of the nation’s top performance improvement leader hospitals in the medium community hospitals category by Solucient, a leading provider of strategic business and clinical information for the health care industry.

Memorial Hospital and its senior management team was recognized for developing consistent and effective organization-wide performance improvement across critical measures at a faster rate than other U.S. hospitals between 1999 – 2003. These measures included quality of care, operational efficiency, and financial performance.

Memorial Hospital Features Satellite Art Gallery
Memorial Hospital has teamed up with Piedmont Arts Association to promote the arts and education in our community. Each quarter a new PAA Satellite Gallery is set up in the front lobby. You are welcome to come by and view these exquisite exhibits.

Renovation Project
Memorial Hospital continues to grow and improve our health care services to meet the changing needs of our community. We recently completed an expansive renovation project to update our existing hospital plan.

The project was designed to separate inpatient and outpatient services, to improve the flow of people in the hospital, and to provide more convenient, efficient services to our patients.

The new front lobby, completed in March 2000, serves all inpatients and outpatients, while Physical Rehabilitation, the Cancer Center, Breast Care Center, and Emergency Room each have dedicated entrances. A dedicated outpatient elevator and stairway takes patients to the newly renovated outpatient services registration and waiting area, located on the second floor. Newly renovated Ambulatory Surgery, Elective Procedure Services, Laboratory, Radiology, and Cardiopulmonary Neurophysiology Services will fan out from the registration area.

Future projects include the renovatation of the third, fourth, and fifth inpatient floors.