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Good Samaritan to Purchase New Endoscopy Equipment

The Good Samaritan Endoscopy Department will be upgrading its equipment in 2018. The hospital’s board of governors approved the $1.2 million dollar purchase at Tuesday night’s board meeting. The replacement endoscopy equipment will include processors, light sources, printers, flushing machines and the various scopes needed to provide state-of-the-art care for patients.

Endoscopy Director Dodie Halter says the department has been a dedicated endoscopy unit providing care to patients for almost 30 years at Good Samaritan. This year alone, more than 5,000 procedures have been performed on the unit. “Our current endoscopy equipment is reaching the end of its useful life, so an update is needed,” she stated. “The new scopes will offer high definition and CO2 capabilities which have become the standard of care in endoscopy.”

Matt Schuckman, Vice President of Operations, brought the budgeted request to the board stating that the updated technology is necessary to provide world-class care and for physician satisfaction. “Our physicians were able to demo the top three vendors in the endoscopy equipment field and we were pleased to reach an agreement with Olympus to outfit all of our six procedure rooms,” he added. “This technology puts us in great position to recruit our future gastroenterologists and surgeons at Good Samaritan.”

The board also approved a change to the hospital’s Purchasing Authority Matrix, allowing the president and CEO to approve non-budgeted equipment purchases greater than $10,000 and less than $75,001 without board approval. The previous max amount for CEO approval was $25,001. Budgeted and non-budgeted purchases more than $75,000 will require board approval.