Coshocton, OH (Feb. 12, 2016) – Technological evolutions in surgical care have brought about advancements
that have permanently changed the landscape of surgery in hospital operating
rooms worldwide. One such advancement is endoscopic/laparoscopic equipment
with high definition (HD) video support, the state-of-the-art standard
for hospitals performing minimally invasive surgical and diagnostic procedures.
This technology is now being installed in the Coshocton Regional Medical Center operating
rooms as part of an ongoing initiative to revolutionize the surgical and
diagnostic capabilities available in the local community and surrounding region.
In collaboration with Karl Storz Endoscopy – America, Inc, a leading
international producer of endoscopic/laparoscopic instruments and equipment,
as well as through generous contributions from two local foundations,
Coshocton Regional Medical Center has received over $1.2 million in endoscopic/laparoscopic
equipment for installation in its operating rooms and newly re-designed
Endoscopic/laparoscopic equipment has uses in a variety of surgical disciplines
including general surgery, orthopedics, endoscopy, urology and gynecology.
Each unit or “tower” is comprised of several components including
a camera equipped with a cold light to project an image of the internal
cavity to a high-definition (HD) screen. The surgeon maneuvers selected
instruments through small external incisions to complete diagnostic and/or
surgical procedures, guided by the clarity and full-field image projected
in real time on the HD screen. Skilled surgeons can now use endoscopic/laparoscopic
technology to perform many highly effective surgical and diagnostic procedures
without the major incisions and long recovery inconveniences that patients
Coshocton Regional Medical Center’s pursuit of high-level upgrades to their endoscopy/laparoscopy
equipment began in earnest last year with the addition of general surgeons
Hoang Lim, DO, and Keith Harmon, MD, and gynecological surgeon Dana Owens,
MD, to the hospital’s medical staff. Each of these physicians specializes
in minimally invasive surgery with the expertise to use the latest surgical
and diagnostic technology to the fullest capacity.
When the surgeons arrived in the fall of last year, Coshocton Regional Medical Center
used grants received in the amount of $50,000 from the Montgomery Foundation
and $30,000 from the Coshocton Foundation toward the purchase of surgical
instrumentation to upgrade the capabilities of the endoscopic/laparoscopic
equipment in place at the time. The equipment purchased with this essential
local funding is fully transferable to the new system.
Storz Endoscopy followed with the proposal for an equipment lease that
provided an appealing alternative to purchasing the newest generation
of endoscopic/laparoscopic towers outright to replace the existing technology.
This option has become the norm within the ever-evolving science of surgical
technology. Storz has held a strong social commitment to promoting access
to quality medical care over its 61-year history and recognizes the benefit
of collaborating with community hospitals equally committed to providing
high quality care that reduces cost, travel and inconvenience for patients.
The technology involved in the endoscopic/laparoscopic system makes it
adaptable to many surgical and diagnostic functions that allow a clear
view inside the body through natural openings such as the throat or anus,
or through small incisions as in laparoscopic surgeries or arthroscopic
orthopedic procedures. Coshocton Regional Medical Center has installed the system in
the operating rooms for surgical procedures, and installation is also
underway in the newly-designed endoscopy suite for procedures such as
colonoscopy and esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) to screen for, diagnose
and treat digestive system issues. Additional scopes have also been provided
to the emergency department and anesthesiology team to help open and maintain
patient airways when health conditions warrant. The acquisition also includes
equipment for the Surgical and Women’s Health Centers for procedures
that can be performed in the physician’s office.
“Our goal has been to complement the high quality of our surgeons
with the latest technology available for endoscopic and laparoscopic procedures
to provide unmatched surgical care right here in our community,”
stated the hospital’s Chief Nursing Officer, Stephanie Conn, RN,
MSN. “With the outstanding support from the Montgomery and Coshocton
Foundations and the recruitment of highly skilled surgeons who specialize
in minimally invasive procedures, followed by our collaboration with an
industry leader in endoscopic technology, we continue to bring enhanced
technological and quality of care to the patients and communities we serve.”