New Neurosurgical Microscope at St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka
Enhances Trauma Care
Purchase of State-of-the-art Equipment Made Possible by Community Support
Eureka, CA (February 4, 2019) – St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka is pleased to announce it recently
purchased a new Leica M530 neurosurgical microscope designed to support
neurosurgeons with groundbreaking optics technology that combines high-resolution
and increased depth of field for an enhanced clinical experience.
The investment, made possible by funds donated by the St. Joseph Hospital
Foundation in Eureka, is part of St. Joseph Health, Humboldt County’s
continued commitment to improving trauma care for patients on the North
Coast. Along with the purchase of the new microscope, St. Joseph has recently
recruited neurosurgeon James Messegee, M.D. and additional trauma staff
to enable the hospital to provide uninterrupted, 24/7 neuro-trauma call-coverage
for emergency cases.
“It’s not unusual for us to be doing an elective neurosurgical
operation when a neurosurgical trauma presents in the emergency department,”
explained John Aryanpur, M.D., neurosurgeon, St. Joseph Health Medical
Group. “In the past, we’d have to wait until the elective
surgery was done to take care of the trauma surgery. With the addition
of new equipment and providers, we now have the ability to run two neurosurgical
cases simultaneously and reduce the likelihood of patients having to be
sent out of the area.
To have this level of high-quality care in a small community like ours
is both unique, and something we are very proud to offer.”
For patients, travel out of the area for medical care can present hardships
beyond physical recovery from their injury or illness. Health care costs
for expenses related to health emergencies and the associated travel can
The donated dollars from the Foundation used to purchase the state-of-the-art
microscope underscore the critical importance of the partnership between
the community and hospital to provide essential equipment and technology
which supports acute and specialty care in Humboldt County.
“We are so grateful for the amazing generosity of our donors,”
said Paul McGinty, Chief Philanthropy Officer, St. Joseph Health, Humboldt
County. “Major philanthropic investments from our community enable
St. Joseph Hospital to sustain the level of medical care required to keep
our community in optimal health. We are truly blessed."