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August 13, 2008 > Top Hat Fund-raiser to Support Pivotal Equipment Upgrades

Top Hat Fund-raiser to Support Pivotal Equipment Upgrades

Cardiology Equipment Purchase to Receive a Boost from This Year's Event

For physicians caring for a patient's heart, timely, accurate diagnosis is of the essence. This fall, Washington Hospital will purchase the new state-of-the-art technology that will enable cardiologists in the hospital to improve the quality, speed and flexibility with which they retrieve images of a patient's heart muscle through echocardiography, a type of ultrasonic imaging.

The hospital is purchasing a Phillips Xcelera CPAC's System and ie33 Echo machines in order to upgrade the existing imaging equipment in both the hospital's Echocardiology Lab as well as the Surgery Department.

A helping hand

This year, Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation's Top Hat XXII gala, being held Oct. 11, will raise funds to help support the equipment purchase. The event will also commemorate Washington Hospital's 50th Anniversary and the 60th Anniversary of the Washington Township Health Care District.

"The Foundation puts in a great deal of time and thought when deciding which programs or purchases Top Hat will support," according to Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation Executive Director Brent Hodson. "We are very pleased to be able to help with these pivotal upgrades in both the Echo Lab and Surgery Department. This year's Top Hat gala will be an outstanding celebration and an excellent means of supporting a truly needed purchase for the hospital and the community."

Spearheading the push for the transition from videotape to digital data in the Echo Lab and Surgery Department has been Washington Hospital Medical Staff cardiologist and Medical Director of Washington Hospital's Catheterization Services Dr. Ash Jain, with the cooperation of Dr. Timothy Tsoi and Dr. Thirupathi Reddy, Washington Hospital Medical Staff cardiologists.

"With this purchase, we are moving to cutting edge technology," Dr. Jain explains. "Not only will we get good data - meaning good quality images to review - but we will also have access to these images from different sites. After the purchase, we will be able to access data remotely, which is a great help. We are updating our whole system, including the machines for images, how the data is stored, as well as how we review the data and how results are sent out to referring physicians."

The transition from videotape to digital imaging will also offer improved flexibility in how the studies are used, Dr. Jain explains. With the new technology, cardiologists will have the ability to compare an echo study of a patient's heart muscle with nuclear medicine and angiogram studies.

"The Echo Lab's purpose is to look at how the heart muscle and valves function," he says. "Through these studies, we can make vital diagnoses, such as fluid around the heart, determine causes of heart failure and assess blockages in the heart's arteries. In all of these cases, you need good studies as fast as possible. Ultimately, these improvements will lead to better patient care."

Calling the decision by the hospital to purchase the new equipment a success for the entire cardiology section, Dr. Jain emphasizes that process leading up to it was a team effort.

"Dr. Timothy Tsoi has been very involved in the process and Dr. Thirupathi Reddy was actively involved in looking at the data and helping make the decision," he says. "Both of my colleagues were instrumental in making this happen."

Overall, the main benefits of the equipment purchase, according to Dr. Jain, are:
* Improved imaging quality for studies of the heart muscle and valves
* Quicker retrieval of data
* Remote access to data from multiple sites
* Better reporting capabilities

Save the date

It's time to mark your calendar. For the past two years, tickets to the Top Hat gala have sold out. Purchase your tickets early or become a sponsor today.

To learn more about purchasing tickets to Top Hat XXII or to find out how to become a sponsor, contact the Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation at (510) 791-3428 or

For details about the Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation or the programs it supports, visit, click on "Giving to WHHS" and select "Our Foundation" from the drop-down menu.

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