Improving healthcare for the San Pedro Valley


Improving healthcare for the San Pedro Valley

Benson Hospital is pleased to announce significant investments in the healthcare technology available at the San Pedro valley hospital.

“The capital investment is critical for Benson Hospital to continue to provide life-saving care to our community,” said Teresa Vincifora, RN, chief operating officer, Benson Hospital. “We are fortunate that several groups recognized the critical needs and collectively allowed us to bring nearly $200,000 of new capital to Benson.”

CT Power Pressure Injector. At its April meeting, the Benson Hospital Auxiliary approved the majority of funding for a power pressure injector used to provide contrast for our computed tomographic (CT scans) in the Benson Hospital Imaging Department. The contrast pressure injector is like a plunger that pushes the contrast media out of the syringes into tubing attached to a patient’s vascular system. The power injector is a complex medical device that is a part of imaging procedures that can help improve diagnosis, treatment, and, ultimately, patient outcomes.  Injecting contrast media into the bloodstream of patients enables visualization of various pathologies through X-ray, computed tomography, or other medical-imaging modalities. Contrast delivery is most effective and efficient using a medical device called a “power injector” that can be programmed to deliver specific amounts of contrast agent at specific flow rates.

Arterial Blood Gas Machine. This equipment measures the amount of oxygen and carbon dioxide in a patient’s blood. This test is critical in identifying certain medical conditions including kidney failure, heart failure, uncontrolled diabetes, hemorrhage, chemical poisoning and more. The San Pedro Valley Hospital Tax District provided the $13,000 to purchase this vital technology.

Rural Cardiac and Stroke Program Funding. Benson Hospital was awarded $133,000 by the TMC Foundation to invest in technology and invest in programing to support its Cardiac and Stroke Program. As a critical access hospital and a sole community hospital for the extended Benson area, Benson Hospital is a critical link for patients experiencing the signs and symptoms of stroke or heart attack. The ability to rapidly respond and, when appropriate, triage to the next level of care is critical to saving brain and heart muscle. TMC Foundation funded the acquisition of a new portable X-Ray machine and a coagulation analyzer to enhance patient care and offer medical providers more detailed diagnostics. This could potentially reduce the need to transfer patients to Tucson, allowing them to receive emergent and aftercare in Benson. However, in the critical event when a patient requires more specialized care, the data captured by both enhance patient information on the receiving hospital’s end. Additionally, the funding will support cardiac and stroke screenings and education in Cochise County.
Addition capital investments also include a new conference room with audio-visual equipment provided by TMC HealthCare. This new room will be used for internal meetings and community programming.

“It’s a little cliché to say that it takes a village, but in rural healthcare today, it truly does,” said Julia Strange, CEO, Benson Hospital. “The decision of the citizens in the San Pedro Valley to support the hospital district; the dedication and vision the Benson Auxiliary brings to their work every day; and the commitment of the TMC Foundation has provided funding to bring life-saving technology and programming to the Benson community – together have allowed us to make significant investment in our clinical programming that will serve the broader community for years to come.”

Benson Hospital is a community-focused hospital with inpatient and outpatient services. Along with inpatient and skilled nursing care, the hospital is proud of its Level IV Trauma Emergency Department that is staffed with physicians 24/7, its outpatient services that include infusion therapy and wound care treatment, as well as the primary care clinic on Fourth Street and the retail care clinic located in the Safeway store.