Fundraising Starts for New Hospital Equipment

The Sheridan Memorial Hospital Foundation is starting fundraising efforts to buy two new lifesaving pieces of equipment for the hospital's cardiac department.

Cody Sinclair, who's the chief development officer for the hospital and the foundation, said the foundation will be reaching out to donors to help raise money for two intra-aortic balloon pumps and a device called IntraSight 5.

The balloon pumps will cost just over $147,000 total, and the IntraSight 5 is around $140,500.

He explained how the balloon pumps work.

He said the hospital currently has a balloon pump, but it's older equipment and nearly the end of its useful life. He said the new pumps can fit into a helicopter with a patient, which the current pump can't.

Sinclair said over 400 patients visited Memorial Hospital's cardiac department in the last year, and six lives were saved by use of balloon pumps.

The IntraSight 5 is a device that improves the quality of care by helping identify blockage in blood vessels. Sinclair said the device can allow a doctor to put a stent in exactly the right place in the vessel.

During the last year, he said, over 500 cardiac procedures were performed at the hospital, over 300 in the cath lab alone. That's an increase of 15 percent in visits to the hospital from the previous year.

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