Surgery expansion in rural Washington

June 30, 2016

Pullman Regional Hospital recently received a grant from the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust to help fund the expansion of surgical services and upgrade operating room technology. The grant is for $250,000 and will complement donations made through the hospital’s 2016 Annual Giving for Excellence Fund, which supports the Surgery Expansion Project.

The project will bring a fourth operating room suite to the hospital in addition to technology upgrades, such as new LED lights, in-line cameras, the highest resolution monitors, booms, video routing systems and software. The new suite will be fully functional and the new technology will be installed in 2017. Hospital CEO Scott Adams said the project is critical in that it helps the hospital take the next step on the path to remaining self-sustaining and providing surgical excellence to the region.

Surgeries at Pullman Regional Hospital have increased by 20 percent in the last five years, and demand continues to grow. The three existing operating rooms are in use 85 percent of the time and are used by 20 physicians, including general surgeons and a variety of specialists.

Due to this growing use, the hospital’s Board of Commissioners identified surgery expansion as the hospital’s greatest need in 2016, and the Foundation Board approved to allocate annual giving fundraising efforts to help fund it. Congratulations Pullman Regional Hospital on securing this grant to expand services and further meet the needs of the community!

Click here to read more about the grant and the surgery expansion. (Tim Pfarr)


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