The Trinity Health Foundation has received a grant from the Rural Community Grant Fund to purchase two surgical eye carts for Trinity Health–Western Dakota, in Williston.
The addition of these carts has proven to be beneficial as the Ambulatory Surgery Center at Trinity Health–Western Dakota has grown significantly with more eye cases and new surgical services, explained Mark Raymond, MD, an ophthalmologist with Trinity Regional Eyecare–Western Dakota. Eye surgeries performed include cataracts, corneal transplants, LASIK, glaucoma surgeries, and pediatric cases.
These surgical carts assist the providers in offering patients the best possible care. A surgical cart differs from a surgical table as the cart includes a specific headrest that helps keep the patient’s head stable – an important component, when you consider the small area the surgeon has to work with.
The Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) at Trinity Health–Western Dakota, which houses Trinity Regional Eyecare–Western Dakota and Trinity Community Clinic–Western Dakota, had one surgical cart, but two surgery rooms.
Through the grant, the ASC was able to replace the existing surgical cart, as well as add another, so now each surgical room is equipped with a cart.
“The extra eye cart allows two rooms to run simultaneously, increasing flexibility and efficiency,” Dr. Raymond added. “Operating room staff find they have more time to prepare for incoming cases, wait times for patients have decreased significantly and urgent or emergency cases are better accommodated.” (Trinity Regional Eyecare–Western Dakota will gain a second ophthalmologist, Puneet Braich, MD, in July.)
The Rural Community Grant Fund was established by AgriBank and its North Dakota Farm Credit partners to support communities impacted by mineral development in the Bakken region.
“We are grateful that through the Rural Community Grant Fund, AgriBank, Farm Credit Services of Mandan and Farm Credit Services of North Dakota, are supporting the Trinity Health Foundation in its mission to assist Trinity Health in creating a system of care with the most significant impact on health and wellness throughout the region,” said Al Evon, director of the Trinity Health Foundation.
“In no small measure, the contribution from the Trinity Health Foundation has had far reaching affects, for which we, on behalf of our patients, are very thankful,” Dr. Raymond said.