HealthSouth to start new hospital in Florida

HealthSouth (Birmingham, Alabama) has received notification of the state's preliminary approval of its certificate of need (CON) application to open a new inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Ocala, Florida. The 40-bed hospital will enable residents in Marion County to have enhanced access to high-quality, cost-effective inpatient rehabilitative healthcare services.

Construction on the 49,900-square foot hospital is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2011 unless the decision is challenged in the timeframe allotted by state law. The proposed rehabilitation hospital will include 40 all-private rooms, a spacious, on-site therapy gym and cutting-edge rehabilitation technologies. The development of Ocala Rehabilitation Hospital of Marion County represents a $21 million investment in the community and once fully operational, is expected to generate approximately 112 new, full-time jobs.

Advanced Radiology opens MRI in Baltimore

Advanced Radiology (Baltimore) reported the introduction of the Baltimore area's first 1.2 Tesla High Field Open MRI. The new, boreless magnet is designed for patients who cannot undergo MRI in a traditional closed-bore unit due to claustrophobia or height/weight limitations. Claustrophobic patients can avoid having to receive sedatives or anesthesia while getting image quality comparable to 1.5 Tesla MRIs. Advanced Radiology says its new MRI features a large, comfortable patient opening with a special table that lowers to wheelchair height, while accommodating patients weighing up to 660 lbs. Patients can even have a friend or family member with them during the exam, and can stay in contact throughout the procedure.

The 1.2T MRI is part of Advanced Radiology's imaging center in Lutherville, Maryland, which opened in October 2009. The facility offers different diagnostic imaging services that include CT, digital mammography, DEXA, ultrasound and X-ray.

Advanced Radiology is a subsidiary of RadNet, a maker of diagnostic imaging services through a network of 191 outpatient imaging centers in California, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and New York.

Centinel Spine implants 1,500th Stalif C

Centinel Spine (New York) reported implantation of the 1,500th Stalif C, the company's cervical Integrated Interbody Fusion device.

Centinel Spine Chairman and CEO John J. Viscogliosi, said, “Stalif C is simply the right solution at the right time. With both doctors and patients looking for less invasive solutions, allowing significantly easier and faster procedures and recovery times, STALIF C has shown itself to be in the forefront of meeting these needs.“

Acknowledging the milestone, Centinel President Michael Will said: “Stalif C is a small device that is making a huge difference in patients' quality of life. Based on the record rate of revenue growth and record pace of units sold, it is apparent that surgeons have identified a distinct clinical advantage to patients by utilizing Stalif C.“

Stalif C is one of a series of anterior fusion devices.