Central Carolina Hospital Announces GI Lab Upgrade

December 8, 2016

With an investment worth nearly $400,000, Central Carolina Hospital has purchased some of the most state-of-the-art equipment for its gastrointestinal (GI) laboratory, dramatically improving the facility's capability to provide top-quality diagnostics and care to people in the region.

"There is new technology in these scopes that allows us much better visualization," explained Julie Howard, RN, Director of Central Carolina Hospital's GI lab. "With the fiber optics, the difference is amazing. It's like looking through clear glass."

The hospital purchased the equipment, which includes upper and lower scopes, a flushing pump, video processors, printers, and high level disinfection tools, over the summer. Howard said the GI lab can now offer a range of services -- on both inpatient and outpatient bases -- beyond what an outside endoscopy center can provide. These include but are not limited to sedation, pain monitoring, and basic life support training.

"We screen for problems, yes, but we can also treat the problems, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week," she said.

Dr. Robert McCall of Mid Carolina Gastroenterology said the improvement in imaging quality is remarkable.

"The improvement in terms of visual clarity is truly exciting," he said. "Our ability to identify, diagnose and treat GI issues is vastly improved."

Central Carolina Hospital CEO John Maxwell said the investment is part of a broader effort to provide the community with the best care possible. 

"At Central Carolina Hospital, we're committed to making communities healthier," he said. "That's why we're proud to offer some of the most state of the art screening and treatment services for anyone dealing with GI issues. We look forward to making a positive impact."

The American College of Gastroenterology recommends people undergo a colonoscopy to screen for cancer every 10 years, beginning at age 50. For more information about prevention recommendations, visit http://gi.org/guideline/colorectal-cancer-screening/. Talk to your primary care physician to see if a referral to a Gastroenterologist is right for you.

Central Carolina Hospital, a DukeLifepoint Hospital, is a 137-bed acute care hospital that serves the health care needs of Lee County and surrounding communities.  With over 120 physicians, the hospital offers a wide range of specialties including cardiology, orthopedics, general surgery, obstetrics, gynecology, otolaryngology, emergency medicine, gastroenterology, pediatrics, hospitalist services, internal medicine, nephrology, neurology, hematology, urology, podiatry, dentistry, pulmonary medicine, and wound care and hyperbaric medicine. Hospital services include emergency room, physical and occupational therapy, ophthalmology, cardiac rehabilitation, diagnostic imaging and radiology, inpatient and outpatient surgery, dialysis, maternity services, nutritional counseling by clinical dietitians, and diagnostic cardiac catheterization. Central Carolina Hospital was reaccredited by the Joint Commission for a 3-year period in May 2015.

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Crystal Hickman

Central Carolina Hospital