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
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