CRH to temporarily relocate outpatient imaging services

Effective Nov. 4, 2022, Columbus Diagnostic Imaging (CDI) will close and relocate services to a temporary location on the main hospital campus.

Outpatient imaging services will shift from CDI’s Creekview Drive location to the hospital campus. The lease on the current building that houses CDI expires at the end of this year, and the landlord and CRH were unable to come to agreeable terms to extend that lease. Furthermore, the new, longer-term location for outpatient imaging services will not be ready by the end of this year; hence, the need for an interim solution until the long-term plan is finalized. Facility requirements and regulations for the housing and operation of imaging equipment and technology is very detailed and specific. The move of the services housed at the Columbus Diagnostic Imaging facility to the hospital campus is the most cost-effective and efficient option.

All CDI and Imaging staff will remain employed throughout this move and temporary relocation which is projected to be at least 12 months. Imaging services will remain comparable for patients with some pricing structure modifications. This includes the low-cost, low-dose screening programs. Patients with appointments already scheduled or needing to be scheduled after Nov. 4 will be rescheduled to the new temporary location. Those patients will be notified and provided detailed instructions.

 

Some Frequently Asked Questions

What is happening with Columbus Diagnostic Imaging and why?

Columbus Diagnostic Imaging (CDI) will close and relocate services to a temporary location on the main hospital campus this fall. The lease on the current building that houses CDI expires at the end of this year, and the landlord and CRH were unable to come to agreeable terms to extend that lease. The new, longer-term location for outpatient imaging services will not be ready by the end of this year, so we needed an interim solution and location to provide services. This temporary relocation is expected to last for at least 12 months.

What type of services does this include?

  • Computed Tomography (CT) Scans
  • Magnetic resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Ultrasound
  • General Radiography
  • Bone Density Screening (DEXA)

How will I know if my appointment has been moved?

CRH will shift services from CDI’s Creekview Drive location to the hospital campus on November 4. Appointments already scheduled after Nov. 4 will be rescheduled at the new temporary location and patients will be notified and provided detailed instructions.

Are the same services still being provided at the new temporary location?

Yes. Imaging services will remain comparable to those available through CDI. We are committed to continuing to provide the same level of service and care that our patients and referring providers have come to know. For example, Imaging Services will continue to provide our low-dose, low-cost lung and heart scans. Your provider can refer you to the services that best fit your needs.

Will the cost for services, or my bill change?

Yes. Because outpatient imaging services are moving to a hospital-based location, there are some pricing structure modifications. However, we will continue to offer low-cost screening options for those patients that qualify. Columbus Regional Health also offers a wide variety of financial assistance plans and options for patients to make services more affordable. Please know that under the new arrangement, you will now receive two separate bills for services provided – one from Columbus Regional Hospital and one from the radiologist/radiology group. We encourage you to contact our Patient Financial Services Department at 812-376-5315 with questions and to discuss payment options, financial assistance.

What is the future plan for outpatient imaging services?

Columbus Regional Health is committed to providing high-quality, convenient imaging services in the outpatient care setting. We are currently finalizing plans for a new facility to house these services.

Who do I call if I have a question or need to make an appointment?

To make an appointment please contact Centralized Scheduling at 812-376-5500. For questions pertaining to CDI please call 812-376-1000.

 

 

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