Aurora Health Foundation provides $282,000 for state-of-the-art medical equipment

December 26, 2011

Sheboygan, Wis., – Aurora Health Foundation has provided $282,000 for state-of-the art medical equipment at Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center and Aurora Sheboygan Clinic.

The funds purchased four gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopes; six electrocautery machines, and a laparoscopy tower and two cameras at Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center, in addition to a video scope for the ear, nose and throat (ENT) department at Aurora Sheboygan Clinic.

The four new flexible GI endoscopes provide high resolution picture technology for biopsies, lesion removal and diagnosis of questionable diseased tissue. “The purchase of these new scopes ensures the latest technology is available for patients who rely on our hospital and clinic for GI services in the diagnosis and treatment for diseases of the colon, stomach and esophagus,” stated Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center Director of Clinical Services Renae Grahn.

The laparoscopy tower and cameras provide minimally invasive surgery for patients, including smaller incisions, less discomfort, and usually a faster healing period. This equipment is used for all types of surgical procedures, including gallbladder, knee and shoulder arthroscopy and laparoscopic-assisted hysterectomies. “This is the highest resolution camera available that offers the surgeon pinpoint clarity and attention to detail,” Grahn added.

The purchase of six electrocautery machines provides the highest level of technology in Sheboygan County, minimizing blood loss during surgeries. With this technology available in every operating room, patients are able to schedule their surgeries sooner.

The Video Scope in the ENT department allows patients the benefit of the surgeon looking directly at the back of the throat and upper airway. The video component allows for the exam to be viewed on the TV screen and recorded for later viewing. The recorded exam allows the patient and physicians to review the entire exam and discuss treatment options for throat cancer, acid reflux disease and other upper airway diseases.

“The ENT department is very fortunate to receive this important piece of equipment. It allows physicians to show a patient precisely what needs to be treated. Giving a patient the ability to see pictures and video of their specific health issue can make it easier to explain their medical condition and help them to understand the treatment options we are recommending,” said Chris Larson, Director of Clinic Operations at Aurora Sheboygan Clinic. “This is another way that helps us to better meet the individual needs of each patient.”

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

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