The Ortenzio Foundation funds a hybrid computerized tomography and nuclear medicine scanner at Holy Spirit Hospital

Posted On On: May 12, 2015 Categories Filed Under: Member News

CAMP HILL – The Rocco and Nancy Ortenzio Foundation recently made a major gift to Holy Spirit–A Geisinger Affiliate to support the purchase of a new, state-of-the-art hybrid computerized tomography and nuclear medicine scanner for The Ortenzio Heart Center at Holy Spirit. This non-invasive equipment will better help physicians detect and monitor a wide array of cardiovascular issues.OrtenzioScannerBlessing17 OrtenzioScannerBlessing19

“We are dedicated to improving the lives of Central Pennsylvanians by supporting the use of innovative and leading edge technology,” said Rocco Ortenzio, chairman, The Rocco and Nancy Ortenzio Foundation. “We want families to have access to the best cardiac care possible. My wife Nancy and I are grateful to be in a position to help with this project because with the ever-present need for heart and vascular care, we believe it’s crucial to provide both state-of-the-art care and state-of-the-science technology for our community.”

The scanner was installed in early May and is already in use in the Nuclear Medicine department within The Ortenzio Heart Center, a facility devoted exclusively to diagnosing and treating heart problems.

“The new scanner is considered ‘hybrid’ technology because it combines the three-dimensional detail of a CT (computed tomography) scan with the physiologic detail of a nuclear medicine scan,” said Joseph Torchia, M.D., Holy Spirit’s chief medical officer. “The scanner produces advanced images that allow physicians to locate cardiovascular abnormalities with greater precision, making surgical planning easier and more exact. Holy Spirit radiologists and cardiologists are now able to see the most advanced nuclear cardiac images available in healthcare today,” he said.

Patients will benefit from greatly reduced amounts of radiation, smaller doses of contrast medium, and the shorter scanning time. Most cardiac scans can be performed in five minutes or less.

“We are very grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Ortenzio and The Ortenzio Foundation for partnering with us over the years to assure that Holy Spirit is well positioned to carry out our mission of providing high quality healthcare services to the community we serve,” said Sister Romaine Niemeyer, SCC, chief administrative officer, Holy Spirit–A Geisinger Affiliate. “The Ortenzio’s philanthropic spirit and commitment to excellence in cardiac care continues through their donation toward the purchase of this new imaging equipment.”

The Ortenzio’s generous contribution is a lead gift to Holy Spirit’s “Mission on the Move” capital campaign. To date, the campaign has raised more than $10 million to carry out Holy Spirit’s healing mission.


About The Rocco and Nancy Ortenzio Foundation

The Rocco and Nancy Ortenzio Foundation is dedicated to improving communities through stronger health care and education opportunities for students, families and Catholic institutions in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania region. Mr. Ortenzio is co-founder and vice chairman of Select Medical based in Mechanicsburg, Pa.


About Holy Spirit–A Geisinger Affiliate

Holy Spirit is an affiliate of Geisinger Health System, an organization that is recognized nationally as a model for quality, innovation and value. Together, Holy Spirit and Geisinger will work to develop innovative programs and services to improve the health of the population. Holy Spirit–A Geisinger Affiliate is a strong and growing healthcare system which includes Holy Spirit Hospital, many primary and specialty physician practices and outpatient locations throughout south central Pennsylvania. Holy Spirit Hospital, a 307-bed Joint Commission accredited acute care facility is located in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. Holy Spirit has more than 2,600 employees and more than 500 physicians on its medical staff. For more information, visit, or follow Holy Spirit on Twitter and Facebook.  For more information about the capital campaign, contact the Office of Resource Development at 717.763.2595.