2007-08-03 / Community

State-Of-The-Art Endoscopies At PHC

Peninsula Hospital Center, an affiliate of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, is the only health facility in the entire area to boast the latest, state-of-the-art colonoscopic technology, the Olympus Evis Exera II 180 Series system, which includes high definition (HDTV) capability, narrow band imaging (NBI) and zoom magnification. This new groundbreaking equipment that PHC recently acquired is utilized for endoscopies and colonoscopies alike. It was first introduced at the World Congress of Gastroenterology in the fall of 2005 and is the cutting edge equipment that all health care consumers should be demanding of their providers. According to Dr. Jay Mehlman, Chief, Division of Gastroenterology, PHC is far ahead of its competition, including many major hospitals in Manhattan, in being able to offer its patients this innovative technology. "With the new equipment, higher detection rates of abnormalities can be achieved. It also gives us a wider view while scoping thereby allowing us a faster and more efficient procedure than what had been available to date," said Dr. Mehlman. "The NBI feature allows us the ability to distinguish smaller lesions in the intestinal tract earlier, way in advance of them turning into cancer." The endoscopy department has also acquired a flat-screen monitor which offers a clear, crisp image. The PHC Endoscopic Unit is headed up by Dr. Mehlman, along with Dr. Roy A. DeBeer, Dr. M. Ramgopal and Dr. I. Aja-Onu. The nurses serving on the endoscopy unit, Eileen Ball, RN; Jean Butler, RN and Kathy Zimmer, RN, Assistant Head Nurse, are highly experienced nursing professionals with specialty training in endoscopic procedures. Pictured, PHC's Endoscopy Team, right to left: Anesthesiologist Paul Bellinger, MD; Jean Butler, RN; Kathy Zimmer, RN, Assistant Head Nurse; Jay K. Mehlman, MD, Chief, Division of Gastroenterology; Roy A. DeBeer, MD; and Eileen Ball, RN.

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