Kelowna General Hospital is halfway to a new piece of equipment that helps detect lung cancer.
A generous donation of $20,000 from TB Vets Charitable Foundation will support efforts by Kelowna General Hospital to acquire a new Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) Video Scope valued at $48,000.
The EBUS is vital for diagnosis and pre-treatment staging of lung cancer to determine the extent of the disease.
“Since 2007 we have performed more than 1,500 EBUS examinations on patients from all over the Interior and Northern regions of BC,” said Dr. Michael Humer, Thoracic Surgeon at KGH. “EBUS has allowed for more accurate assessment of malignancies in a less invasive manner and is now the gold standard in mediastinal assessment of the chest area.
“Thank you to TB Vets for their generous donation and also for the initial seed money that was pivotal in starting the EBUS program.”
Prior to the availability of EBUS Video Scopes, it was necessary to make a surgical incision in a patient’s neck to obtain tissue samples.
However, thanks to the generosity of the TB Vets Charitable Foundation, KGH now has the ability to provide safer and faster diagnostic procedures that allow patients to recover more quickly.
The innovative design of EBUS scopes allows physicians to see lymph nodes and surrounding vessels in real-time, via ultrasound, while simultaneously viewing the endoscopic image.
A cheque for $20,000 was presented to Doug Rankmore, CEO of KGH Foundation, at the TB Vets Awards and Donor Recognition event on October 2, 2014, in Vancouver.
“Currently we have no other donations designated for this equipment and so will need to fundraise for the additional $28,000,” said Chandel Christie, annual programs officer with the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation.
KGH Foundation is extremely grateful to TB Vets for their commitment to helping improve the quality of healthcare for people in Kelowna, the Central Okanagan region and other areas of BC.
Kelowna General Hospital Foundation is an independent, volunteer-driven charitable organization committed to enhancing the delivery of healthcare to the patients of Kelowna General Hospital and its associated facilities.