ARMC board hears about upgrades

ALPENA – Alpena Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees viewed a slideshow presentation by Doug Kreis, diagnostic imaging and oncology services director, at its meeting on Tuesday evening. Kreis highlighted the many improvements the hospital has made over the years to increase the level of care available to patients.

“These are tools that we’ve never had before,” Kreis said. “We’ve invested in the technology and you can see the difference.”

Kreis explained how the computer tomography scanner at ARMC has the best resolution available north of Lansing.

“These images are used for surgeons,” he said. “They can take a look at what they’re going to operate on before they go in.”

Another improvement to the diagnostic imaging availability at ARMC is the new magnetic resonance imaging machine that is used for mostly soft tissue anomalies.

“The new machine has a 42-channel image acquisition compared to the old four channel machine.” Kreis said. “Our average scan time is 20-30 minutes, which is less than most other hospitals in Michigan. We have the best system north of Grand Rapids. Our images are extremely high resolution.”

In other business:

  • trustees approved the financial information for June with net excess revenue over expenses of $698,089
  • the support committee is working on recruiting participants in the 14th annual Weiland Pheasant Hunt on Sept. 7
  • the 12th Annual Aliferis Race will be held Aug. 31, and includes the 18.5 mile bike race, 5K run, 1 mile run/walk and tot trot. For more information or to register visit

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