ELKO – Compassion and care are the underlying features that make the new High Desert Imaging center a vital addition to the community, according to administrator Steve Mims.
The business recently opened at 976 Mountain City Highway. Services offered include MRI, X-ray, ultrasound, mammography, bone density testing and CT scans.
“We had heard there was some unrest in the community with the hospital,” said Mims, who explained that physicians at the parent company had exposure to reading imagery here through Nevada Rural Hospital Partners.
In January the business plan came together and Tahoe Carson Radiology decided to expand into the Elko area with High Desert Imaging.
Physicians from the main office rotate here on a regular basis. The company also practices teleradiology, which allows radiologists to make a diagnosis from a distance.
“People are coming in and telling us how happy they are to be able to have a choice,” said Mims.
The business will start conducting mammograms on Sept. 19. They have all of the equipment in place but are waiting on the final state certification. They are currently accepting appointments for mammograms.
“Half of the women in this community are not getting screened,” said Mims.
Mims is working with city officials in an effort to make members of the community more aware of how important is it for women to have this testing.
October is breast cancer awareness month and Mims hopes to turn the town pink every evening with the help of local businesses. He hopes businesses will switch to pink outdoor lighting for the entire month.
The radiology clinic takes all types of insurance, Medicare, Medicaid and worker’s comp. They have a discount and payment plan for uninsured patients.
The staff at High Desert Imaging consists of trained professionals. Some technicians have even completed their studies at Great Basin College through its radiology program.
MRI technician and manager Jenn Cambra seems happy with her new position at High Desert Imaging.
“I wanted to be a part of HDI because I knew it would be good for the community,” she said.