Carson Valley Medical Center will purchase a bedside general ultrasound, cardiac ultrasound, and emergency ultrasound system with a grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust that awarded $437,000.
The grant is part of a $4.2 million initiative to help rural, border, and urban Nevada hospitals and health centers provide better ultrasound imaging services. The funds will also support strong educational opportunities to increase the number of sonographers in Nevada and provide continuing education.
“With support from the Helmsley Charitable Trust, we are able to upgrade our current ultrasound equipment to support our growing services that Carson Valley Medical Center provides to our service area of over 55,000 people. This equipment will provide our healthcare providers with the best diagnostic technology to ensure we provide the highest quality care to our patients,” said Jeff Prater, CEO of CVMC, “We are extremely grateful for the continued support of the Helmsley Charitable Trust and their dedication. to health care in Nevada.
Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to produce images of structures inside the body. The safe and cost-effective tool supports other clinical information to help providers make timely diagnoses and provide appropriate treatment.
The grants were announced Monday at a press conference at the Martin Luther King Family Health Center in Las Vegas.
Forty of the devices purchased with the grants are point-of-care ultrasound machines, which are small, portable devices used by providers in bed or at the table for the immediate assessment of a patient to quickly determine a course of action. The grants will also provide eight general ultrasound systems and four cardiovascular ultrasound systems, which facilitate imaging of the heart.
The initiative includes more than $1 million for Great Basin College to train new sonographers and provide continuing education for sonographers, sonographers, physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners.
With the grants, Nevada Health Centers will provide POCUS devices to 18 health centers/clinics and two mobile care units across Nevada, including Austin Medical Center, Carlin Community Health Center, Carson City-Sierra Nevada Health Center, Carson City School Center, Elko Family Medical and Dental Center, Jackpot Community Health Center, Virginia City Community Health Center, Wendover Community Health Center, Amargosa Valley Medical Center, Cambridge Family Health Center at Las Vegas, CP Squires School-Based Health Center in North Las Vegas, Eastern Family Medical and Dental Center in Las Vegas, Henderson Family Health Center, Las Vegas Outreach Clinic (LVOC), Martin Luther King Family Health Center in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas Family Health Center in North Las Vegas, Wellness Center at Enterprise in Las Vegas and Wellness Center in Reno.
The Nevada Community Foundation will use the grant money to provide equipment for Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital in Elko, View Hospital in Pahrump, and Mesa View Regional Hospital in Mesquite. The Nevada Primary Care Association will use the funds to provide devices to Canyonlands Mesquite in Mesquite and Washoe Tribal Health Center in Gardnerville.
Hospitals receiving equipment include Carson Valley Medical Center in Gardnerville, William Bee Ririe Hospital in Ely, Battle Mountain General Hospital, Incline Village Hospital, Banner Churchill Community Hospital in Fallon, General Humboldt in Winnemucca, Boulder City Hospital, and Grover C. Dils in Caliente.