Community members joined staff, physicians and board members at Redwood
Memorial Hospital on Tuesday during an open house for the hospital’s
new digital mammography equipment. Before kicking off tours of the mammography
suite, Chief Operating Officer Joe Rogers dedicated the new equipment
to longtime hospital supporter Gwynna Morris, who lost her battle with
cancer last fall.
"We are honored to dedicate our digital mammography equipment in honor
of Gwynna, a person who we all love and miss, and someone who has done
so much for Redwood Memorial Hospital and the entire Eel River Valley
community," Rogers said.
The digital mammography equipment arrived at RMH last fall, replacing the
film technology the hospital had previously used. One of digital mammography’s
advantage over film technology is that it is superior for imaging dense
breasts. Also, instead of having film versions to scrutinize, radiologists
can take digital mammograms and zoom them, change the lighting or any
other manipulations to see tissue more clearly.
"Having digital mammography available in the Eel River Valley is a
clear benefit to our patients," said Dom Previte, Redwood Memorial Hospital
Hospital’s director of Diagnostic Imaging. In addition to being
able to manipulate the images more easily, he added that digital images
"are available within moments instead of a technologist having to
run film through a processor," making it a faster process for the patient.
Funding for the new digital mammography equipment at Redwood Memorial Hospital
was made possible by the efforts of the Redwood Memorial Foundation, the
community and the Benefit Ball, Golf Tournament and Foundation Outreach
committees. With the community’s help, the 2010 Benefit Ball and
Scramble for Redwood Memorial golf tournament raised more than $100,000
for the new technology.