Petaluma Valley Hospital Foundation

PVH’s Funding Priorities

Campaign for Excellence, Equipment, and Technology

Petaluma Valley Hospital’s commitment to caring extends back to a time when neighbors reached a helping hand across the Valley’s rolling farmlands to deliver home remedies to one another in horse drawn buggies. The way health care is delivered may have changed, but PVH’s commitment to providing the best possible care to our community has not.

Medical technology is constantly and rapidly evolving; the use of innovative equipment and sophisticated systems give critically ill and injured patients hope and health. Leading edge medical equipment advances the practice of medicine and enhances the care Petaluma Valley Hospital is able to deliver to its patients.

Philanthropy has played a pivotal role in keeping PVH on the forefront of technology. Your financial support ensures continued quality of care with advanced technology and expert delivery. Our current funding priorities, outlined below, include equipment and technology that will help PVH maintain its tradition of excellence.

3D Tomosynthesis Mammography System ($550,000): Until there is a cure for cancer, early detection practices like mammograms and breast exams remain the most important means of detecting breast cancer early, which translates into increased survival rates. Breast tomosynthesis, or 3D mammography, is a revolutionary new screening and diagnostic tool designed for earlier and more accurate breast cancer detection.

This new technology detects over 40% more invasive cancers than traditional 2D. Tomosynthesis reduces the need for call-backs and unnecessary biopsies, and is extremely helpful in detecting tumors in women with dense breast tissue.

Elite Digital Mobile C-Arm ($175,000): A mobile C-arm is a medical imaging device that is based on X-ray technology and can be used flexibly in various operating rooms. Its name is derived from the C-shaped arm used to connect the X-ray source and X-ray detector to one another. Since the introduction of the first C-arm in 1955, the technology has advanced rapidly. Today, mobile imaging systems are an essential part of everyday hospital life. Specialists in fields such as orthopedics, trauma surgery, vascular surgery and cardiology use C-arms for imaging during procedures. The devices provide high-resolution X-ray images in real time which allows the physician to monitor progress at any point during the operation. The doctor can identify and check anatomical details on the image such as blood vessels, bones, kidney stones and the position of implants and instruments at any time. Consequently, outcomes are improved and patients recover more quickly.

Ultrasound Machine ($15,000): The use of ultrasound technology has become routine for today’s physicians – from looking at a developing fetus to diagnosing problems with a patient’s heart, blood vessels, liver, spleen, etc. Ultrasound is an essential diagnostic tool when internal organs need to be viewed. It is often the preferred technique as it does not utilize radiation or needles and it is inexpensive. PVH’s ultrasound volume continues to grow and an additional machine would reduce backlogs and improve the patient experience.

Laparoscopic Tower ($17,000): A high-definition laparoscopic tower will allow our surgical teams to be more precise and efficient in laparoscopic surgery. Laparoscopic surgery minimizes the trauma to the body caused by traditional open surgery. Smaller incisions result in fewer post-operative problems, less pain and faster recovery times. The tower will provide better visualization for surgeons and it allows for better documentation of endoscopy procedures via state-of-the-art cameras.

If you would like more information about any of these items, please contact

Brett Shinn in the Foundation office. 707.778.2796

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