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San Leandro Hospital Begins On-Site MRI Service

OAKLAND, Calif., June 8, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Alameda Health System (AHS) announced that San Leandro Hospital is now offering on-site Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) services with its new mobile unit. The mobile unit allows San Leandro Hospital to provide outpatient and inpatient MRI services within the local community, avoiding the need for a patient to travel out of the area.

MRIs are non-invasive imaging procedures that help physicians diagnose and treat a variety of complex medical conditions. The imaging units are commonly sought for diagnoses of brain and spinal injuries and results are often available within 24 hours.

"The mobile MRI unit allows us to provide an important medical imaging service that is faster and more convenient for our patients," said Dr. Steven Rosenthal, Associate Chief Medical Officer of San Leandro Hospital. "This advanced medical technology helps us provide critical testing for our patients and provides their physicians with the ability to develop treatment plans right away. This is yet another indication of the value and investment that San Leandro Hospital is contributing to the community."

The mobile MRI unit is housed at San Leandro Hospital every Tuesday and Thursday from 8 am to 4:30 pm. Inpatients are given medical priority with an expectation of 20 outpatient appointments served per month.

The unit is also stationed at Alameda Hospital, a member of AHS, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

About Alameda Health System (AHS)

Alameda Health System, a major public health care provider headquartered in Oakland, California, is recognized as a world-class patient and family centered system of care with more than 4,500 employees, 1,000 physicians and 480 volunteers. Their facilities include Highland Hospital, a major regional trauma center and teaching hospital; Alameda Hospital, an acute care facility providing emergency, in-patient and outpatient services in Alameda; San Leandro Hospital, which provides emergency and in-patient hospital care services; John George Psychiatric Hospital, an acute and emergency care facility in San Leandro; Fairmont Hospital, an acute rehabilitation hospital and skilled nursing facility, also in San Leandro; and four ambulatory wellness centers in Oakland as well as in Newark and Hayward.

About San Leandro Hospital (SLH)

San Leandro Hospital, located in San Leandro, California, is part of Alameda Health System (AHS) a major public health care provider recognized as a world-class patient- and family-centered system of care. The community-based, 93-bed facility provides inpatient and outpatient services including surgical and intensive care, 24-hour emergency services and a range of ancillary services including imaging, laboratory testing and rehabilitation therapy. The hospital was founded in 1960 by a group of community physicians. For more than 50 years, SLH physicians, staff and volunteers have worked together to provide outstanding health care services. For more information, please visit: http://www.sanleandroahs.org

CONTACT: Media contact Jerri Randrup jrandrup@alamedahealthsystem.org 510-437-4732

Source:Alameda Health System