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Generous Grant Enables Ukiah Valley Medical Center to Purchase State-of-the-Art Halogen Microscopes Resulting in Better Visibility for Surgeons


UKIAH, CA  --  Ukiah Valley Medical Center received a generous grant for the support of technologically-advanced outpatient surgery care from the Eva Dunnebeck and Beverly Morby Funds of The Community Foundation of Mendocino County. The funds were used towards the purchase of a Halogen ENT (ears, nose, and throat) microscope for outpatient surgeries.  

This new technology means a lot to ENT surgeons, as the new microscope vastly improves the ability to care for disorders of the ear and upper airway. Susan Cordes, MD, FACS a local otolaryngologist says, “The main advantages of the new scope are that it moves much more fluidly and the optics are better. The fluidity allows us to visualize areas at angles that were not possible with the old scope. This allows us to better perform procedures, especially in the ear, which is enormously complex because it has critical structures that are microscopic in size.” 

The improved optics are in large part due to the vastly superior light source in the Halogen ENT microscope. Technologically, this improvement sets the new microscope head and shoulders above the older versions that were in use previously. Dr. Cordes continues, “The light from the new scope is much brighter and clearer, which is critical to visually evaluating microscopic changes and seeing into small spaces.”

The new microscope is now in use at UVMC and is already improving the lives of patients in this community.  That is news that UVMC is thrilled about, with a goal to continue the pursuit of funding to secure the most technologically advanced medical equipment to best support patients at any stage of care.

Allyne Brown, director of philanthropy at Ukiah Valley Medical Center says, “The Community Foundation’s support is an investment in our community’s health and well-being and will enhance our ability to provide essential services to our patients today while investing in our equipment for tomorrow.”

Ukiah Valley Medical Center Outpatient Pavilion is located at 245 Hospital Drive in Ukiah. For more information about surgery and outpatient care, please call (707) 462-3111.

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