Greenwich Hospital Giving News
Greenwich Hospital Auxiliary donates over $206,000 to purchase mobile C-arm
medical imaging device
The Greenwich Hospital Auxiliary, continuing its philanthropic support of Greenwich Hospital, has donated over $206,00 to purchase a mobile C-arm medical imaging device. This updated piece of equipment based on X-ray technology can be used flexibly in various hospital operating rooms. The name is derived from the C-shaped arm used to connect the X-ray source to the X-ray detector. This connecting element allows movement horizontally, vertically and around the swivel axes, so that X-ray images of the patient can be produced from almost any angle.
Since the introduction of the first C-arm in 1955, the technology has advanced rapidly. Today, mobile imaging systems are an essential part of everyday hospital life. Specialists in fields such as surgery, orthopedics, traumatology, vascular surgery and cardiology use C-arms for intraoperative imaging. The device provides high-resolution X-ray images for the surgical team to view at any point during the operation. Consequently, the treatment results are better and patient recovery time is lessened.
Altogether, the Greenwich Hospital Auxiliary this year donated $792,000 to Greenwich Hospital to enhance surgical, cardiovascular and other services.
In addition to the gift of time provided by its many volunteers, the Auxiliary supports Greenwich Hospital with revenue from the Auxiliary run Thrift and Gift Shops. This funding is dedicated to acquisitions such as the mobile C-arm. Said former Auxiliary President Sally Lochner, "The Auxiliary is pleased to further enhance the services provided at Greenwich Hospital by funding the purchase of cutting edge equipment such as the C-arm medical imaging device."
Jim Wright, VP, Greenwich Hospital Foundation said "We cannot thank the members of our Auxiliary enough for their many hours of service and commitment to making a difference in our work. Over the years they have raised and donated millions of dollars to help fund building projects and purchasing new equipment. This most recent gift precisely illustrates that point."
Robot-Assisted da Vinci Xi Surgical System Now in Fourth Generation at Greenwich Hospital
Robotic, minimally-invasive surgery has dramatically changed the experience of surgery for dozens of patients at Greenwich Hospital. Now in its fourth generation, the da Vinci Xi surgical system uses enhanced cameras for 3D visualization and surgeon-controlled robotic arms for precise movements. Patients generally experience smaller incisions, less pain, fewer complications and a quicker recovery.
The Xi system takes surgery performed with a laparoscope to a new level. It allows surgeons to manipulate tissues and organs as in open surgery, but in a way that minimizes the physical pressure on sensitive tissues and nerves. This often eliminates the need to cut through muscle, reducing post-operative pain and blood loss, and with tiny incisions, patients only have minor cosmetic scarring.
"When people hear 'robotics,' they think a machine or a computer is performing the surgery. The surgeon makes all movements, from stitching and cutting to stapling and dissecting, by essentially telemanipulating the instruments," said Athanassios Petrotos, MD, general surgeon, who performs robot-assisted hernia repairs, colectomies and gastrectomies.
Today, the hospital has expanded its robotic surgery program to include urological/prostate, thoracic, gynecological and general surgery procedures. Surgeons who use the da Vinci undergo rigorous training before they are qualified.
In the months ahead, Greenwich Hospital plans to create a robotic surgery center, purchase another da Vinci robot and add five surgeons trained in robotic surgery to our roster of twenty, as well as additional nurses and staff.
Greenwich Hospital Achieves Magnet® Designation
Joins elite national group of Magnet hospitals
Greenwich Hospital has received the prestigious Magnet® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), placing it among the approximately seven percent of the more than 5,600 hospitals nationwide – and one of only six in Connecticut – to achieve this distinguished honor.
Magnet designation is the highest honor of nursing excellence that any hospital can achieve. Greenwich's Magnet designation is the culmination of several years of preparation and commitment to evidence-based nursing practices and patient care through quality improvements as well as interdisciplinary collaboration.
"This recognition places Greenwich Hospital at a national level for the excellent patient care and clinical outcomes we witness every day," said Susan Brown, RN, MSN, executive vice president of Operations and Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer at Greenwich Hospital. "Our motto of 'Exceptional Nurses, Exceptional Care' accurately reflects the level of expertise and dedication of our nursing staff throughout every corner of the organization. This achievement is a testament to our culture of excellence."
Healthcare organizations receiving Magnet credentials demonstrate quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional practice. To achieve Magnet status, Greenwich Hospital submitted a comprehensive Magnet manuscript in February that included scores of documented examples of nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes at Greenwich Hospital. In June, four Magnet appraisers spent three days at the hospital assessing patient care and outcomes. Magnet hospitals must undergo re-evaluation every four years to retain the designation.
According to ANCC, healthcare organizations that achieve Magnet are better equipped to attract and retain talent; improve patient care, safety and satisfaction; foster a collaborative culture; and advance nursing standards and practice.