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Beebe Ball raises more than $160K to fund additional OR equipment

Cape Gazette of Lewes, Delaware

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Thanks to the Beebe Medical Foundation 2015 annual Beebe Ball fundraising event in November, Beebe Healthcare received more than $160,000 to purchase additional operating room X-ray equipment.

The OEC 9900 C-arm, made by General Electric, is a mobile imaging device that provides surgeons with high-quality, low-dose images as their procedures are taking place. This means that the surgeons can monitor their progress throughout the procedure, which can result in faster recovery times for patients.

Depending on the surgeon's preference, the C-arm can produce single images or live fluoroscopy, which is like comparing a photograph to a movie. It also has a subtraction setting, which is used to clearly visualize blood vessels by removing the bony structures from the image.

These modern C-arms are operated by Beebe's experienced and registered radiologic technologists and used in a variety of surgeries, including cardiac, vascular, orthopaedic and urology.

"The technologists will receive a full week of training by GE specialists on this equipment now and again after having the opportunity to use it. We continually look for ways to keep our technologies at the cutting edge, which translates into providing a higher level of care and better outcomes for our patients," said Dan Mapes, MPA, RT(N), CRA, director of Diagnostic Imaging.

"Every year the Beebe Medical Foundation partners with a Beebe department to raise the necessary funds for additional equipment," said Judy Aliquo, president and CEO of Beebe Medical Foundation. "This year, we were happy to raise funds to purchase an additional C-arm that is used by several service lines. At the ball, many of the physicians, nurses and staff were present who would directly benefit from our fundraising and this new equipment. We are very grateful to all of our corporate sponsors and attendees for their generosity."

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Original Publication Date: February 26, 2016

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