June 3, 2011
Cutting Edge Technology for KCH's High Definition Operating Room

The KCH Operating Room (OR) has purchased a new High Definition (HD) Stryker Video System to be used in orthopedic, general, urology and gynecology surgeries. This $100K plus package was made possible by a Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) Grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

The Stryker package is a wireless platform with HD 3-chip camera, LED light Source, device control and ultra digital capture.  As medical video technology evolves, and the visual demands of today's OR increases, this cutting edge technology for the KCH's HD operating room is essential. 

In addition to the Video System, the grant provided funds for a state-of-the-art “Beach Chair Positioner” to be used during shoulder surgery. 

A state-of-the-art Leg Holder/Positioner for orthopedic surgery has also been ordered thanks to a gift from Friends of KCH, Kane Community Hospital's Auxiliary. 

The entire package enhances the surgical experience of surgeons and OR staff and enhances patient care during surgery.  These grants require a great deal of research, writing and paperwork.  Gale Lehman, Administrative Assistant to the KCH CEO, managed the grant process with physicians, KCH’s OR Team including Travis Menteer, RN, Operating Room Manager; Tommy Hammerbeck, Surgical Assistant, CST/SA-C; and Patti Koza, Senior Manager of Supply Chain, each of whom was key to this multi-year acquisition.

KCH is an affiliate of UPMC Hamot.


Cutting Edge Technology for KCH's High Definition Operating Room

Here surgical tech Tommy Hammerbeck, Jr., CST/SA-C holds the camera with LED light source in his hands, along with all the extra clarity and definition the package of equipment provides for arthroscopic cases and much more.  From left to right members of KCH's OR team:  Jen Alplanalp, RN,  Krissa Woodward, RN, Tommy, Travis Menteer, RN, OR Manager; and Ryan Brendlinger, Surgical Scrub Tech, a student from Great Lakes Institute of Technology doing an internship at KCH.