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Helmsley Charitable Trust Grants More Than $250,000 to Help Lake View Hospital Purchase State-of-the-Art Ultrasound Equipment

Two Harbors, Minn. – The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has granted $253,075 to Lake View Hospital in Two Harbors to purchase new ultrasound equipment for their operating room and a new echocardiogram ultrasound.

The Trust has a statewide ultrasound initia­tive that includes giving nearly $18.3 million to help Minnesota hospitals and health cen­ters purchase ultrasound imaging devices and an additional $8.1 million to boost sonogra­phy and point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) training opportunities across the state.

“Lake View is extremely excited and hon­ored to have been awarded funding for two ultrasound units for our facility. We are grate­ful to the Helmsley Charitable Trust for their generous investment in the health care of our patients and our region,” said Greg Ruberg, President/CEO of Lake View.

Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of structures inside the body. This safe, cost-effective tool sup­ports other clinical information to help pro­viders make timely diagnoses and provide appropriate treatment. Terri McDannold, Lake View’s Director of Radiology added, “The smaller Terason ultrasound system will be used in our operating room to assist nurses and anesthesiologists. The larger Philips Epiq system will be used by our mobile echocar­diogram technologists. Both systems allow for superior image quality and will result in enhanced patient care.”

Walter Panzirer, a Trustee for the Helms­ley Charitable Trust, said the grants will help improve access to exceptional medical treat­ment for all Minnesotans, whether they live in the heart of Minneapolis or a rural or un­derserved community.

“Our hospitals and health centers need to stay current with rapidly advancing tech­nology so they can continue to provide top-notch health care close to home,” Panzirer said. “These grants help ensure that facilities across Minnesota have the latest and greatest ultrasound equipment and training.”

The grants were announced Tuesday, March 21, during a news conference at Hen­nepin Healthcare in Minneapolis.

More than half of the 196 devices pur­chased through the grants (109) are POCUS machines, which are used by providers at the bed or tableside for immediate assessment of a patient to quickly determine a course of action. The grants will also provide 69 gener­al ultrasound systems and 18 cardiovascular ultrasound systems, which aid in imaging of the heart.

The initiative also includes more than $8.1 million to train new sonographers, of­fer continuing education to sonographers and ultrasound technologists, and provide com­prehensive POCUS training to doctors, phy­sician assistants, and nurse practitioners. The training grants include more than $917,000 to the Minnesota Rural Health Association to support sonographer training in rural and underserved areas of the state, more than $1 million to the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities to expand St. Cloud Technical & Community College’s sonography program, and nearly $6.2 million to the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians Foundation which will partner with High Quality Med­ical Education (HQMEDED) to provide PO­CUS training across the state.

“These grants are a game changer for ru­ral hospitals across the state,” said Thomas Pahl, PA-C, an emergency department clini­cian, instructor with HQMEDED, and mem­ber of the Minnesota State Trauma Advisory Council. “Clinicians and sonographers will not only have access to the newest ultrasound equipment on the market, but they will also be able to pursue educational opportunities to become more proficient at use of the equip­ment, expand the studies they can perform, and incorporate these skills into their clinical practices.”

 About the Helmsley Charitable Trust

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust aspires to improve lives by supporting exceptional efforts in the U.S. and around the world in health and select place-based initiatives. Since beginning ac­tive grantmaking in 2008, Helmsley has committed more than $3.5 billion for a wide range of charitable purposes. Helmsley’s Rural Healthcare Program funds innovative projects that use information technologies to connect rural patients to emergency medical care, bring the latest medical therapies to pa­tients in remote areas, and provide state-of-the-art training for rural hospitals and EMS personnel. To date, this program has award­ed more than $600 million to organizations and initiatives in the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Minne­sota, Iowa, Montana, and Nevada. For more information, visit www.helmsleytrust.org.

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