State-of-the-art Equipment and Technology
Offering exceptional patient care, delivered with compassion
Government funding alone can’t meet all of NBRHC’s equipment needs. The funding of this equipment is a partnership between the government, hospital and our community.
NBRHCs building and much of the hospital’s equipment and technology are more than 12 years old. To continue to provide outstanding patient care, the Health Centre’s doctors, nurses and staff need up to date tools and facilities. New and emerging technologies are helping to speed diagnosis and guide treatments that are more accurate and less invasive.
With your help, our hospital can purchase state-of-the-art equipment and continue to provide you and your loved ones with exceptional healthcare, close to home.
All care areas at NBRHC have been positively impacted by the generosity of our community. The Foundation works closely with the Health Centre to determine the areas our community can have the greatest impact on over the course of a year(s).
In 2011, two digital mammography units were purchased for the new Health Centre thanks to community generosity during the Seeing More Clearly Campaign. It’s hard to believe these systems are 11 years old. The machines perform over 6,500 breast exams and biopsies each year – that’s over 71,000 in their lifetime! They’ve served our community well and the time has come to replace them.
New equipment boasts added features that have never been available to our community before, including 3-D imaging (tomosynthesis) and contrast-enhanced imaging (using iodine administered intravenously).
Orthopaedics is the largest surgical service at the Health Centre. The focus is quality of life procedures – getting patients back to their regular lives; enjoying time with family, being active, travelling or back to work. NBRHC is funded to do 500 knees and 42 hips annually (and we do more!).
Orthopaedic patients often receive care throughout the hospital; fractures come through the Emergency Department, X-rays, CT scans and other imaging tests are performed in Diagnostic Imaging, the Operating Rooms, Orthopaedic Clinic and Inpatient and/or Outpatient Rehab for recovery. There are several new equipment purchases and upgrades scheduled in the next few years impacting patient outcomes and experiences.
This equipment includes:
- Orthovision Table for Surgery
- Hanna Surgical Table: Specialized surgical table allows surgeons to perform an anterior approach for hip replacements. Less invasive procedure means shorter recovery time and progress toward same day discharge.
- Digital X-ray Upgrade
Combines nuclear medicine (the use of radioactive isotopes to target specific organs and cells) and Computed Tomography(CT) technology (computer generated three-dimensional images of the inside of the body). It is a powerful tool in early diagnosis of cardiac conditions, infection, and diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Eleven years ago, community generosity during the Seeing More Clearly Campaign, helped purchase a new SPECT/CT for the new Health Centre. This important diagnostic tool is essential to serve our community, but has reached it’s end of life.
NBRHC is replacing 250 infusion pumps.
An external infusion pump is a medical device used to deliver fluids into a patient’s body in a controlled manner. There are many different types of infusion pumps, which are used for a variety of purposes and in a variety of environments.
Infusion pumps may be capable of delivering fluids in large or small amounts, and may be used to deliver nutrients or medications – such as insulin or other hormones, antibiotics, chemotherapy drugs, and pain relievers.
You can also designate your donation to a specific area or department meaningful to you, or you can help fund the highest priority needs of NBRHC through the Greatest Needs Fund.
Some care areas include:
- Cancer Care
- Cardiac Care
- Critical Care Fund (Emergency, CCU, EKG)
- Diabetes Centre
- Diagnostic Imaging (MRI, Mammography)
- Long Term Care (Palliative, Continuing Care)
- Mental Health Care
- Ophthalmology (Eye Care)
- Renal Dialysis (Kidney Care)
- Surgical Care (Operating Rooms, PACU)
- Women & Child Care (Peds, NICU)