For Immediate Release
April 7, 2017
Contact: The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust
Elizabeth Ruen, 605-361-9848, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Rosebud Health Care Center
Ryan Tooke, CEO, 406-346-4223, email@example.com
Rosebud Health Care Center Receives $400,000 Grant for Cutting-Edge
Diagnostic Tool from Helmsley Charitable Trust
Forsyth, MT – Patients at Rosebud Health Care Center will soon benefit from access to the latest
computed tomography (CT) diagnostic technology made possible through a grant from The Leona M.
and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Rural Healthcare Program.
Helmsley has awarded Rosebud Health Care Center $400,000 for a new 32-slice CT scanner. CT scanners
provide essential diagnostic images of structures inside the body. A new CT scanner will allow for faster
scans that produce high-quality images, allowing medical staff to quickly determine health status and
course of treatment while giving patients access to up-to-date healthcare technology close to home.
“We are thrilled to be able to serve our community with this degree of technology. This allows us to
fulfill one of our many values of providing quality healthcare close to home,” said Tamara Robertson,
radiology, Rosebud Health Care Center.
Rosebud Health Care Center is one of 41 grant recipients across the region to benefit from this round of
funding to purchase CT scanners. Helmsley’s Rural Healthcare Program has granted over $30 million to
support the purchase of new, 32-slice or higher CT scanners in a seven-state region.
“Our goal is to ensure that people who live in rural America have access to quality healthcare as close to
home as possible,” said Walter Panzirer, a trustee of the Helmsley Charitable Trust. “To achieve this,
rural hospitals need to be viable and they need to have up-to-date equipment, so patients can receive
essential healthcare services locally. This initiative is one of many that aims to improve healthcare
access and health outcomes across the upper Midwest.”
The funding initiative was the result of a survey of Critical Access Hospitals in the Rural Healthcare
Program’s seven-state funding region. Capital equipment, particularly CT scanners, was identified as a
top need by many hospitals. In addition, a new Medicare policy went into effect January 1, 2016, that
reduced reimbursement for certain studies on CT scanners that do not meet specific radiation dose
requirements. Since 2015, the Helmsley Charitable Trust has awarded 78 grants totaling over $30 million
to outfit hospitals with new, state-of-the-art CT scanners.