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Generous donors make Skiff ultrasound upgrades possible


March 6, 2018

The Philips Imaging Center at Skiff is now home to two new state-of-the-art ultrasound machines, made possible in part by a sizable grant and local donations. The LOGIQ E9 XDclear 2.0 system helps clinicians quickly acquire the information they need, in both routine and difficult procedures, to guide decisions that enhance clinical confidence.

This new technology replaces machines that were 14 years old and, therefore, no longer considered leading edge.

In addition to money invested by Skiff Medical Center, the two most significant sources of funding came from a grant from The Fred Maytag Family Foundation, and a generous personal donation from radiologist Dr. Paul Groben, who has been providing care at Skiff Medical Center since 1990.

“We were outdated,” Dr. Groben said. “The image quality was no longer satisfactory. We needed new options. It was my time to do a little bit to help out.”

Skiff has three employees highly versed in the field of ultrasound: Sheri Hart, a triple-certified ultrasound/echo and vascular technologist, Deb Branderhorst, a radiologic/CT/ultrasound technologist, and Pat Smith, an echo/vascular ultrasound technologist. All three ladies affirm the new machines are a boon. “There’s no comparison in image quality,” Shari said. “In addition, both machines are capable of 3D and 4D imaging, which is particularly satisfying for expecting parents, who can see their baby fully-rendered and moving in real time.”

One of the machines was also ordered equipped with the necessary software to perform cardiac ultrasound, so that Skiff can now perform echocardiograms on multiple patients at once, if needed, with Smith on one machine and Hart on another.

Additional financial contributors to the upgrade were long-time family practice physician Dr. Paul Ruggle and his wife Dianne, and new podiatric surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Olson and his wife Rachael.

“Philanthropy plays an important role at the hospital in making these types of upgrades a reality,” said Leisa Zylstra, Foundation and Mission Manager. “Skiff is very thankful for the generosity of the individuals who contributed to the purchase of this new equipment. Their investment in the lives of our patients and caregivers is greatly appreciated.”

Philanthropic funds also made possible the purchase of a trophon sterilization unit. This device utilizes hydrogen peroxide gas to sterilize ultrasound wands between exams. “This device makes our sterilization process faster and more effective, as well as safer for employees to complete,” Branderhorst said.

“We are incredibly grateful for the donated funds that made these upgrades possible,” said Jane Hettinger, Radiology Manager. “This technology brings us in line with Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, and allows us to locally provide care that patients would previously had to have driven out of town to receive.”

(Pictured: Ultrasound technologists Deb Branderhorst and Shari Hart.)

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