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West Orange Times & Observer Wednesday, Apr. 15, 2020 5 months ago

Orlando Health opens Summerport imaging center

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Orlando Health officially opened the doors in February to its newest imaging center near Summerport Village.
by: Danielle Hendrix Associate Editor

West Orange residents, especially those living near Summerport Village in Horizon West, now have access to state-of-the-art imaging technology just minutes from home.

Orlando Health team members, community members and elected officials celebrated the ribbon cutting for Orlando Health Imaging Centers — Summerport Feb 20.

The diagnostic center is located inside the existing 60,000-square-foot medical pavilion off County Road 535 and West Lake Butler Road. 

Orlando Health Imaging Centers is a joint venture between Orlando Health and the Medical Center Radiology Group. It was created in 2014 to address Central Florida’s increased imaging needs, and the Summerport location is the newest member of the family.

The 4,800-square-foot space is compact, but it is packed with high-quality equipment and services. This includes 3D mammography/tomosynthesis, bone densitometry, digital X-ray, wide-bore 3T MRI and 128-slice CT. According to Orlando Health, all images are read by board-certified radiologists experienced in various subspecialties. Same-day results are then sent directly to physicians to determine the next course of action.

This is a 128-slice CT machine, which provides fast scans and quick results.

“We’re really excited about everything that’s happening in the West Orange market,” said Mark Marsh, president of Orlando Health’s Health Central Hospital in Ocoee. “I was reminded today by (Orange County District 1) Commissioner Betsy VanderLey that there’s 1,500 new residents per week moving into Central Florida. … A lot of that is happening here in the West Orange market.”

Dan Honerbrink, corporate director of Orlando Health Imaging Centers, said a lot of work has gone into the concept over the last few years to make it a reality. There also will be more imaging centers opening in the future, he said.

“This imaging center provides highly specialized, state-of-the-art imaging services for the community,” Honerbrink said. “At the end of the day, we brought in all of this equipment because this community deserves it and Orlando Health wouldn’t stand for anything less. We put all this in to a very compact space. It’s efficient, it’s effective, and we expect when you walk through the door, you’ll appreciate how we tried to line it up.”

Honerbrink added that imaging is on the forefront of breakthrough technology and Orlando Health wanted to ensure it provided and kept up with that technology. The imaging center also provides a more convenient location for nearby residents to receive necessary services.

The imaging center at Summerport is the sixth of its kind within the Orlando Health network. The organization also has imaging centers in Altamonte Springs, Ocoee, Lake Mary and Spring Lake. Two more imaging centers are on the way in Winter Park and downtown Orlando.

Dr. Wei-Shen Chin, president and CEO of Medical Center Radiology Group, added that Orlando Health has essentially brought a “Formula 1 race car” to this portion of West Orange County and its drivers are the radiologists. His organization has partnered with Orlando Health for more than 70 years now.

“When we do imaging, what we’re really trying to do is solving a problem for someone as quickly and effectively as possible to make a diagnosis and to get that patient the right care,” Chin said. “The reason we have imaging here is to support everybody else in this facility. …  We’ve tied this center to our specialty radiologists. 

“Our group has nearly 50 radiologists, and we are very proud that we’re able to provide that level of subspecialty care right here to support every specialty that’s in this building,” Chin said. “We are the imaging experts behind all this amazing equipment. We help with every single part of the protocols, all the technology and the investment in infrastructure to make this all work.”

Danielle Hendrix is the Associate Editor for the West Orange Times & Observer and the Windermere Observer. She is a 2015 graduate of the University of Central Florida, from which she earned a bachelor's degree in journalism with a minor in world comparative studies. ...

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