AMERICUS, Ga., June 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- After three long years of hardship to rebuild a cornerstone of the community, the staff of Phoebe Sumter Medical Center welcomed the arrival of a new MAGNETOM® ESSENZA magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system, compliments of Siemens Healthcare. The new MRI scanner premiered today at the official ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark Siemens' donation after a tornado destroyed the hospital in 2007. State and local political dignitaries and community leaders were on hand for the event.
"I know I speak for everyone in our organization when I say I am so proud and excited that this day has arrived," said Keith Petersen, CEO of Phoebe Sumter Medical Center. "The reason we have this new MRI is because of the tremendous support of our community and so many other people across the country and the world, for that matter. And we also want to thank Siemens for their generosity and support. Having this state-of-the-art piece of equipment will help us as we continue to move forward in meeting the healthcare needs of our citizens."
On the evening of March 1, 2007, an F-3 tornado – with winds reaching up to 165 miles an hour –tore through the town of Americus, Ga., leaving a path of destruction in its wake for its 17,000 residents. But fortunately, through the many acts of heroism from rescue workers and hospital staff, all 70 patients in the hospit