Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Ga has capped off three years of rebuilding efforts, resulting from damage caused by a devastating tornado, with a new MAGNETOM ESSENZA, compliments of Siemens Healthcare.

On March 1, 2007 an F-3 tornado tore through the town completely destroying the facility; fortunately, staff and rescue workers safely evacuated the hospital’s 70 patients in time.

In January 2008, Siemens pledged to donate a MAGNETOM ESSENZA, worth approximately $800,000, to the hospital once the facility could support the new MRI. The system recently premiered at an official ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by local political dignitaries and community leaders.

Currently, the hospital is housed in an interim facility, but plans to open its new hospital building by early 2012.

“Siemens is proud to donate a new MRI scanner to Phoebe Sumter, and be a part of the rebuilding of this worthy institution,” says Don Fowler, vice president, Magnetic Resonance, Siemens Healthcare. “Phoebe Sumter can now provide much-needed MRI exams to its patients in-house and help ensure that its patients receive optimal medical imaging services and quality patient care.”

Designed with small hospitals in mind, the MAGNETOM ESSENZA features a powerful 1.5T magnet and exclusive Tim technology, which helps physicians provide comprehensive image services to their communities.