Three Rivers Health Foundation Announces 2019 Campaign Drive

The Three Rivers Health Foundation has just announced its 2019 fundraising campaign and will target the purchase of two pieces of medical equipment in support of helping to advance Three Rivers Health – inclusive of a laparoscopic piece for surgeries and an echo cardio ultrasound system.

David Casterline, Executive Director of the Three Rivers Health Foundation, points out that it is critical to the ongoing success of Three Rivers Health to continue to remain on the cutting edge of medical equipment technology to best service its many customers from throughout the area.

“We are excited to be embarking on this campaign to better service our growing customer population in this region,” cited Casterline. “We have a stellar Foundation Board team that is committed to excellence in health care. We have formulated a team of local leaders who will all help to take us to a new level at Three Rivers Health, through the help of our great community.”

That Three Rivers Health Foundation Board of Directors team includes the following local leaders in our community: Ed Reed, Chairman of the Board; Ron Buckhold, Vice Chairman of the Board; Doug Mitchell; David Allen; Brenda Deily; Brian McDaniel; Jamie Clark; Glenda Fultz, President of the Three Rivers Health Auxiliary; Paul Aivars; Rick Cordes and Raymond Bendure, who also both represent the Three Rivers Health Governing Board; Dr. Jessica Puckett, Chief of Staff at Three Rivers Health; Steve Andrews, Chief Financial Officer of Three Rivers Health; and Dave Shannon, Chief Executive Officer and President of Three Rivers Health.

“We have collectively assembled a solid plan to meet our goals in 2019,” stressed Ed Reed, Chairman of the Three Rivers Health Foundation Board. “We expect to set new goals in 2020 and in the years to come … based specifically on our needs here.”

The 2019 campaign team has identified equipment needs which will focus on the following:

  • Laparoscopic piece – This will allow surgeons to perform less invasive surgery on patients, opposed to open surgery. This laparoscopic equipment will be used to perform procedures which includes a scope with a light source and camera on the front with a video monitor. This piece will be used to examine organs inside the abdomen, using very small incisions. The surgeon will be able to see inside the body in real time. The surgeon can diagnose symptoms and repair defects – inclusive of hernias and remove organs such as the gallbladder, all without having to open the abdomen. This less invasive procedure is lower risk than open surgery and allows for a much faster recovery time.
  • Echo Cardio piece – This is a dedicated ultrasound system that offers a wide range of 2D and 3D transthoracic and transesophageal echo imaging. It delivers exceptional image quality and significant advances seeking to address the strains of today’s overburdened staff and health care systems. It provides extraordinary image quality. It also produces outstanding exam efficiencies for diagnoses or interventional procedures.

“Our Three Rivers Health employees are clearly in support of this effort,” Casterline pointed out. “We are in the process of our own internal campaign as well, and are seeing people step up and contribute to a great cause. That includes our doctors and surgeons. We are all in this effort together and what an awesome team we have here.”

More recently, the Three Rivers Health Foundation funded portable ultrasound equipment for the Emergency Department.
“Having a great organization such as the Three Rivers Health Foundation supporting the hospital and all of its departments is something to brag about,” pointed out Emergency Department Manager, Brad Selent. “The ER staff and physicians appreciates what the Foundation does to help us provide great care at Three Rivers Health.”

In addition, the Three Rivers Health Foundation successfully obtained a grant through the Carls Foundation in Bloomfield Hills. This allowed Three Rivers Health to purchase the ALGO 5 Newborn Hearing Screener. The equipment is used on every newborn to accurately assess their hearing.

“I can’t express how thankful we are for receiving this much-needed equipment,” stressed Joni Coney, Birthing Center Manager at Three Rivers Health. “This grant allowed us to purchase equipment that has provided our new families with the reassurance that their newborn does not have a hearing deficit, and has clearly prevented unnecessary return screenings and referrals.”

Casterline summed up the ongoing efforts of the Three Rivers Health Foundation and Three Rivers Health with a concise message of caring.

“We are all about helping people and providing dynamic health care to the many residents that call St. Joseph County home,” concluded Casterline. “None of this is possible without the generous support of people that step up and make a positive difference in the lives of others.”

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