PMH Foundation Donates $100,000 Towards the Advancement of Endoscopy Services at Pioneers Memorial Hospital

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Pictured (from left): Shavaun O’Mally-King (Foundation Teasurer), Art Mejia(Assoc Admin Clinics/Support Svcs), Steve Campbell(COO), Robyn Atadero(CNO), Oscar Lopez, M.D., Catalina Alcantra-Santillan (PMHD Board President), Larry Lewis (CEO), Shelvie Crittendon(Foundation President). Photo courtesy of Bill Gates.

BRAWLEY– Pioneers Memorial Hospital (PMH) Foundation announces the donation of $100,000 to Pioneers Hospital for the purchase of new equipment for Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS).   EUS is a technique using sound waves known as ultrasound during an endoscopic procedure to look at or through the wall of the gastrointestinal tract to see organs that are otherwise not visible.  This innovative technique provides physicians with the ability to more accurately diagnose tumors by being able to collect both high image resolution images as well as tissue samples in a minimally invasive way, ensuring the best possible treatment for patients.

“We sincerely appreciate this very generous donation in support of advancements in EUS technology here at the hospital,” said Larry Lewis, Chief Executive Officer of Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District. “The Foundation’s continued contributions of time and substantial donations over the years have made a significant difference and allow the hospital to continue to provide the highest level of quality care to the Pioneer’s community.”

Oscar Lopez, M.D. is the Medical Director for the new Pioneers Center for Digestive and Liver Disease scheduled to open later this year and will be leading the use of this new advanced technology.  He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology and Hepatology and certified in Advanced Endoscopy, Endoscopic Ultrasound and Interventional Gastroenterology. He is currently practicing at the Pioneers Health Center in Brawley.

The PMH Foundation is a tax-exempt, 501 (c) (3), not-for-profit organization incorporated in 1982 with an initial goal of raising funds to expand the emergency and surgical units, and to build a new intensive care unit at Pioneers Memorial Hospital. After more than 30 years of extensive community outreach, and the generous support of individuals and businesses throughout the Imperial County, the Foundation continues to put its full support towards providing advanced equipment and facility improvements for the benefit of Pioneers Hospital community members.  The cumulative donations received by the foundation to date have exceeded $2 Million.