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Stevenson receives new laparoscopic tower

August 31, 2013   ·   0 Comments

A new laparoscopic tower is now being used in Stevenson Memorial Hospital’s operating rooms thanks to a generous donation from the Morningview Foundation and the fundraising efforts of the Stevenson Memorial Foundation.

Directors from the Morningview Foundation visited the Hospital to see firsthand how their contribution has enhanced the Hospital’s surgical staff’s ability to offer less evasive procedures through laparoscopic surgery.

A sizeable donation to a medical facility requires a lot of thought and trust, that funds donated will be used appropriately and benefit the Hospital and the community through careful financial administration and requisition of needed medical equipment.

The Morningview Foundation, a long time supporter of the Hospital, made the donation when learning of the effort to replace the old, outdated tower with a new unit.

Both individuals spoke with passion saying “We wanted to bring this new technology to the hospital. The laparoscopic tower was within our ability to help – and we wanted to see results. The capital for new equipment must come from the community. If you want to attract good doctors you must provide good equipment.”

The Morningview Foundation increased its gift from $40,000 in 2012, to a two year pledge of $120,000 providing the new equipment would be purchased by the end of 2013.

The Hospital agreed that a timely purchase would be of a benefit and based on this pledge a new laparoscopic tower with an additional visual monitor was acquired.

The addition of this new equipment filled an immediate need and the Morningview Foundation’s willingness to help expedite this purchase means the new equipment will be immediately put to use.

The state-of-the-art laparoscopic tower gives surgeons the ability to perform operations with minor incisions rather than the invasive technique of open cavity incisions.

“We had limitations since we had only one machine,” explained Dr. Mohammad Keshoofy. “A laparoscopic tower is used for surgery in the abdominal cavity – it makes a big difference for a patient’s stay in the Hospital. For some procedures we can now release a patient the same day rather than after several days as was the case with traditional open cavity surgery. There is a lot less pain after a procedure.”

The acquisition of this new equipment is a result of early success in the Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation’s  It takes you… Capital Campaign to purchase new equipment for Stevenson Memorial.

Other vital equipment is still needed as part of the It takes you….. Capital Campaign.

For more information on how you can help, contact the Foundation Office at 705 435-6281, extension 1263 or email foundation@smhosp.on.ca or visit the website at www.stevensonfoundation.ca

 

         

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