A recent bake-and-book sale at Hillsboro Community Hospital raised $500 the Hillsboro Auxiliary club designated towards the purchase of a portable ultrasound machine.
“We currently have a mobile service that comes out on scheduled days,” Hospital CEO Marion Regier said. “The auxiliary club wanted to contribute in some way and picked this as a project that would benefit our residents.”
Regier said the total cost of a portable imaging tool would be $15,000 and the hospital would finance the rest of the purchase.
“Our physicians could use a portable ultrasound in trauma situations, or to make a quick diagnosis in an emergency,” she said. “It is something that would be very helpful.”
Regier said that the imaging machine under consideration was smaller and more compact than the one provided by their mobile service, but it had the same imaging capabilities.
“We could use this to look at everything from shoulder injuries, to kidney problems, even thyroid in color Doppler,” she said. “The best part is that is comes on a cart and can be wheeled around to wherever we need it.”
Regier said she expected the new imaging machine to be in place in the next few weeks.
Hillsboro Community Hospital has served the area for more than 80 years. It is a critical access hospital with general medical, emergency, and surgical services located at 701 S. Main Street in Hillsboro.