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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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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

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


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

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

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