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The BGH Foundation awards money for the endoscopy tower

Vaseline 1 month ago

The Bonner General Health Foundation recently presented the hospital’s surgical team with a check for more than $300,000.

The money, raised during the foundation’s annual Heart Ball, was presented to the team on April 9 for the purchase of an additional endoscopy tower and a cleaning system in the hospital.

With colon cancer the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide, Bonner General officials said they saw the need to better protect the community by offering additional screenings. Not only does this device provide just that, but it also serves as a screening, diagnostic, evaluation and treatment tool for colonoscopy and esophageal to colon screenings.

“Adding this new endoscopy equipment will allow Bonner General Health to provide endoscopy services to a greater number of patients, allowing routine screening, diagnostic testing and treatment to be performed in a timely and efficient manner,” said Johnna Ramsey, director of the Department of Surgery. “This is a win for the community.”

Bonner General Health will add an additional endoscopy tower, two colonoscopes, one upper endoscope, a new state-of-the-art storage locker and a new reprocessing area.

“All of these additions and upgrades will expand the capabilities of our endoscopy services,” Ramsey said. “We look forward to this growth and increasing access to this service in our community.”

The 16th annual Heart Ball, a testament to the continued support of more than 200 Sandpoint and regional BGH supporters, was a resounding success. This event, which brought together community members, was a celebration of Sandpoint’s local hospital and a demonstration of the community’s commitment to its health. It was an evening of moving testimonies, delicious desserts and inspiring speeches, all of which helped raise funds for the purchase of the endoscopy equipment.

The Board of Directors of the Bonner General Foundation was pleased to provide this opportunity.

“Successful communities must have two things: high-quality health care and education,” says longtime board member Georgia Simmons, who along with her husband Howard are original members of the Foundation. The group is a passion for the couple. “BGH gives us excellent affordable services close to home. We are very lucky.”