August 21, 1996
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Green Spring Station and Towson Selected as First Sites

In a move to extend high-quality, convenient diagnostic radiology services to more of the metropolitan Baltimore community, Johns Hopkins HealthCare has formed Johns Hopkins Imaging, LLC (JHI), with two sites already operating.

JHI at Green Spring Station in Lutherville and JHI at Towson are the first in what Hopkins officials envision as a network of high-quality imaging centers throughout Central Maryland. JHI is designed to meet the current and future needs of the community as dictated by the rapidly changing health care market.

Imaging services including X-rays, CT and high-field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are performed at JHI at Towson, west of the Beltway at the Charles Street exit. JHI at Green Spring Station, an American College of Radiology-accredited mammography facility widely recognized as a regional center of excellence in breast care, offers mammography, breast biopsies, ultrasound, X-rays, and bone densitometry studies.

In addition to state-of-the-art equipment at both sites, patient care and service standards are a top priority, according to Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D., director of Hopkins' Department of Radiology. "We will provide quicker appointments and quicker response times at competitive costs, as well as easier patient access, definitive diagnosis, rapid 24-hour reporting of their patients' imaging results to referring physicians, and prioritized outpatient care," he said. "For example, if a patient requires an imaging study immediately because of an urgent medical need, we will ensure the patient receives that service."

An important advantage offered by JHI is the clinical expertise of its staff, according to Nagi Khouri, M.D., associate professor of radiology at Hopkins and medical director for JHI. "Patients at Green Spring Station and Towson will benefit from having access to a broad range of leading experts in all areas of radiology, including R. Nick Bryan, M.D., who supervises neuroimaging, and Elliot K. Fishman, M.D., who supervises body imaging at The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, " he said. "This gives us the capability to provide truly integrated health care that is recognized as the best in the area."

Added Zerhouni: "We anticipate that there will be a demand for more Hopkins imaging facilities throughout the region. We will explore these opportunities as they develop."

Zerhouni, who also is interim vice dean for clinical practice of The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, is a renowned expert in CT and MRI. A resident of Baltimore, he has won several awards for his research including a Gold Medal from the American Roentgen Ray Society for CT research and two Paul Lauterbur Awards for MRI research. As a consultant, Zerhouni has assisted the White House, the National Cancer Institute and the World Health Organization. As director of the Department of Radiology, Zerhouni directs an organization internationally recognized as a leader in research, training, development of new radiological applications, diagnosis and clinical practice.

Baltimore resident Khouri has won numerous professional awards and has authored 34 scientific publications. He was a professor of radiology for 12 years and chief of thoracic radiology for seven years at Hopkins.

Johns Hopkins HealthCare (JHHC) is a limited liability company that uses Hopkins and affiliated providers to dispense high quality, affordable services to a large segment of Maryland's population. JHHC offers everything from preventive and primary medical care to specialist services and hospital care. JHI is the latest addition to the specialty services designed to benefit residents of Baltimore and surrounding counties.

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