Guam – The Guam Memorial Hospital Volunteers Association (GMHVA) has presented the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority (GMHA) Medical Laboratory and Operating Room with donations of several pieces of equipment, together valuing more than $50,000. The Volunteers Association presented the Operating Room with the donation of a cystoscope/resectoscope set, which are instruments used in urology procedures and together cost more than $40,000. The set of instruments allows doctors to evaluate, treat and take biopsy samples from the bladder, urethra and other parts of the urinary system. The funds for the instruments were raised during the GMHVA’s 2010 Charity Ball held in April, which broke records by raising more than $100,000 through a single event.
The GMHVA also has presented the GMHA Medical Laboratory with new a laboratory refrigerator and laboratory freezer, together valued at about $16,000. The pieces of equipment are designed for laboratories and continuously monitor and record temperatures. Funds for these pieces of equipment were raised by the GMHVA in 2009.
The new cystoscope/resectoscope set will be used to augment and replace the Hospital’s existing equipment. At the donation presentation, GMHA urologist Dr. Conrad Sheff thanked the Volunteers for the donation.
“The Volunteers are invaluable to the hospital,” Sheff said. “This is an important piece of capital equipment that you could not practice all aspects of urology without.”
Through sales at the Hospital Gift Shop and fund-raisers such as the annual Charity Ball, the GMH Volunteers Association has raised more than $5 million for equipment and supplies at the Hospital in its 45-year history.
Photo caption: Members of the Guam Memorial Hospital Volunteers Association present Guam Memorial Hospital Authority Medical Director Ricardo Eusebio, M.D. F.A.C.S., left, and Urologist Conrad Sheff, M.D., with the donation of a new cystoscope/resectoscope set.