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The way it was: Hospital anniversary  1994
Radiologist Dr. Perry Cook demonstrated some of the properties of Lander Valley Medical Center's new MRI machine during a 10th anniversary open house for the hospital, pictured on Jan. 18, 1994. File photo

The way it was: Hospital anniversary -- 1994

Jan 20, 2013 - Staff

Fremont County's two "new" hospitals were constructed within a year of each other. Riverton Memorial Hospital opened in 1983, with Lander Valley Medical Center arriving the following year.

In January of 1994, LVMC was marking its 10th anniversary with a reception and open house that introduced the hospital's $1.6 million

magnetic resonant imaging system.

It was the first full-fledged MRI in Fremont County, and radiologist Dr. John Bahouth said nothing else in Wyoming could match it.

"You would have to go to the coasts or Texas to find a device that has the capabilities of this instrument," he added.

The MRI machine joined a state-of-the art ultrasound machine that had opened about six weeks earlier, and LVMC also planned to unveil a new angiography suite shortly after the MRI's debut.

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