Annual Endowment Gift

Midland Memorial Foundation is excited to announce the 2023 annual endowment gift of $1,520,652!

Because of the generosity of donors and careful management of funds, the Foundation’s endowment gift continues to grow each year. This year, the gift will go toward the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment that will greatly enhance the hospital’s capabilities. This new equipment includes a peripheral lung navigation (PLN) system, an endobronchial ultrasound system (EBUS), new bronchoscopes, and much-needed system upgrades.

With the purchase of the peripheral lung navigation system, Midland Health expands its ability to provide early lung cancer diagnoses and treatment. In turn, lung cancer patients at Midland Health will no longer have to travel out of the community for lung cancer staging and surgical procedures. Currently, the hospital’s only means of performing a peripheral lung biopsy is with a guided needle. This procedure poses the risk for a complication known as pneumothorax, which can potentially cause the lung to collapse. The PLN will provide a minimally invasive biopsy procedure that will reduce the possible occurrence of pneumothorax from 26% down to 2%.

The second piece of equipment performs an endobronchial ultrasound bronchoscopy. This procedure is used to diagnose lung disorders, including inflammation, infections, or cancer. Performed by a pulmonologist, the EBUS bronchoscopy uses a flexible tube that goes through the patient’s mouth into the lungs. A minimally invasive technique, it allows physicians to display real-time and improved images of the respiratory system.

The echocardiography department requested three new echo ultrasound systems and upgrades to the four existing systems. The new systems are needed to support the increased number of vascular ultrasound procedures. One of the new imaging features is a 3-D volume analysis that will improve imaging quality and provides cardiologists with more accurate and consistent heart measurements.

On behalf of Midland Memorial Foundation and Midland Health, we would like to sincerely thank the donors that, every year, make it possible to make this caliber of exceptional and crucial acquisitions for our hospital. Thank you!