Jasper Hospital District invests in advanced technology for CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Jasper Memorial October 03, 2016

CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Jasper Memorial and The Jasper Hospital District partnered together to invest $300,000 in advanced endoscopic technology for CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Jasper Memorial that provides surgeons high definition imaging that helps them better identify and diagnose gastrointestinal disorders.

“The Jasper Hospital District is a dedicated partner in providing the best in health care to the Jasper community,” said Lance Beus, Administrator of CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Jasper Memorial. “Our joint commitment in securing advanced equipment for our surgeons and physicians means faster, more precise diagnosis and care for our patients.”

The Karl Storz Endoscopy-America advanced equipment includes two slim line gastroscopes, three regular gastroscopes and four colonoscopes. One of the slim line gastroscopes has the ability to perform pediatric colonoscopies for children as young as one year old. These scopes allow for procedures to not only be performed faster, but safer, reducing the risk of infection.

Both the gastroscopes and colonoscopes use a high definition technology that produces sharper images to allow surgeons to identify abnormalities more readily. The scopes also provide the capabilities of still and video photography which can be placed in the electronic medical record for comparison and review at a later date.

Procedures that can be performed with the new colonoscopes range from screening and diagnostic colonoscopies, treatment for emergency GI bleeds and removal of foreign objects from the colon. The gastroscopes procedures range from diagnostic EGD’s, G-tube placement and removal of foreign objects.

“The scopes image quality is some of the most detailed I have seen,” said CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Jasper Memorial General Surgeon, Christopher Hoyt, MD. “That means physicians can identify abnormalities for diagnosis and treatment earlier, giving our patients a peace-of-mind that their health is being cared for in the highest manner using the latest technology.”

The CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Jasper Memorial surgery team performed their first procedure with the new endoscopes September 9.

The Jasper Hospital District has been a recognized leader in bringing the latest innovations in health care to Jasper County. In 2012, the district renovated and upgraded the emergency department, which added an additional 12,000 square feet to the emergency campus. In 2015 CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Jasper Memorial opened a 3D digital mammography suite with the help of funds contributed by the Jasper Hospital District.