Thank You for Supporting the Laparoscopic Surgical Tower Purchase!

In October 2022, less than one year after fundraising began, the Laparoscopic Surgical Tower was in service at the Drumheller Health Centre. Thank you to all the Drumheller Area Health Foundation donors who contributed to this purchase and answered the call for support. The Foundation asked donors to support a Laparoscopic Surgical Tower purchase for the Operating Room at the Drumheller Health Centre in the Fall of 2021 and by April 2022, the Foundation had the funding for this piece of equipment. The purchase was made and in October 2022, the Laparoscopic Surgical Tower arrived at the hospital and was put into service. Dr. Rehan Masood and the surgical team took a photo with the Tower to celebrate this milestone (Pictured Left to Right: Rebecca Graf, Cheryl Flynn, Dr. Rehan Masood, Jean Turaray, Staci Cosens, and Anna Lewans).

This vital piece of equipment is required for all laparoscopic surgeries, such as hernia, gall bladder, colon, appendix, and gynecological. More surgeries are conducted laparoscopically, in order to have smaller incisions, which lead to less pain, less complications, and quicker recoveries for patients. The tower purchased for the Drumheller Health Centre is the best technology available, so the surgeon has a high-definition camera and a large monitor to ensure a high visual field during surgery. Videos and photos can also be taken of procedures for teaching purposes and for consultations with other physicians. The advantage of having a second Laparoscopic Surgical Tower at the Drumheller Health Centre is that both Operating Rooms can be utilized at the same time with two laparoscopic procedures being conducted simultaneously.

“The Drumheller Area Health Foundation is so grateful to all the donors for stepping up to ensure the Laparoscopic Surgical Tower could be purchased and arrive at the Drumheller Health Centre within 12 months.  We saw businesses, individuals, community groups, and agricultural families answer the call and provide funding to make this Tower a reality for the Operating Room,” Trisha Hampton, Executive Director, Drumheller Area Health Foundation.

“The new Laparoscopic Surgical Tower provides the best technology available to the Drumheller Health Centre ensuring surgeons have the best visual field during complex procedures.  The ability to take photos and videos during procedures to share with colleagues in consultation is a great tool to have as a physician.  We are grateful that the community is so responsive in meeting the needs of the hospital,” Dr. Rehan Masood, Board Director, Drumheller Area Health Foundation.

The quality of the Operating Room program at the Drumheller Health Centre is demonstrated by the Quality Endoscopy Program plaque the Drumheller Health Centre was awarded in June 2020 for its high satisfaction rate in the Provincial Endoscopy Patient Experience Survey.

December 2, 2021

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