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April 16, 2013

More new equipment goal of FGH Foundation

Group hoping to purchase navigational bronchoscopy

FAIRMONT — Now that the Fairmont General Hospital Foundation has secured enough money for a digital mammography machine, the group has turned its attention to another new piece of equipment for the facility, a navigational bronchoscopy.

The machine would replace an existing bronchoscope that can show a physician about one-third of a patient’s lungs during an exam in which a tube is inserted into the patient’s airways, said Whitney Rae Hatcher, coordinator for the Fairmont General Hospital Foundation.

“With this one, you can see an additional two-thirds of the lung that you can’t see on a traditional bronchoscope.”

The hospitals in Morgantown have the device, which will cost about $180,000, Hatcher said, but Fairmont General and United Hospital Center in Bridgeport do not. UHC also is in the process of getting one, said Dr. Prasad Devabhaktuni, who practices at both Fairmont General and UHC.

The Foundation spent more than a year raising in excess of $500,000 for a new digital mammography machine. That effort was completed in January, and now an area is being renovated for the new machine, which has been purchased. Hospital officials hope the new mammography machine will be in place before summer.

Foundation board members had been looking for a smaller item to spend the rest of the year raising funds for, with the goal of starting a new project at the beginning of next year.

Robert C. Marquardt, the hospital’s president and CEO, suggested that the Foundation purchase the new navigational bronchoscopy machine, and the board voted on it and agreed last Wednesday, Hatcher said.


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