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Glencoe Regional Health Services is in top 10 in contest to win MRI

December 10, 2007

By Ivan Raconteur
Staff Writer

More than 100 hospitals across the country are competing to win a free MRI, and, as the voting deadline approches, Glencoe Regional Health Services (GRHS) is one of two Minnesota hospitals in the top 10.

Time is running out to vote in the contest sponsored by Siemens Medical Solutions, the company that manufactures the $1.5 million Magnetom Essenza. One hospital in America will win a free MRI unit. The last day to vote will be Monday, Dec. 31.

Each hospital participating in the contest produced a video to show why it deserves to win.

The GRHS video is titled “Life’s Disappointments.”

GRHS Administrative Assistant Brenda Bettcher said Jim Eggert, director of medical imaging, was the driving force behind the project.

Bettcher and Vice President of Ancillary Services Julie Schmidt were also involved in the project.

The video was an amateur production, per contest rules. The “actors” in the video were hospital employees, including Ron Schuft of Glencoe, Sharon Pomplun of Gaylord, and Marilyn Vorbeck of Glencoe.

Anyone who wishes to vote can go to www.WinAnMRI.com to view the videos and place a vote.

Only one vote per computer, per day is allowed.

The deadline to vote is Monday, Dec. 31.

As of last week, GRHS was in ninth place, with 20,547 votes. The only other Minnesota hospital in the top 10 is the Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital in Ely, which was in fourth place, with 74,803 votes through last week.

The GRHS video moved from 13th to ninth place over the past couple of weeks.

“We’re very proud of the progress we’ve made,” Bettcher said.