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Charitable trust grants Campbell County Health $600K for ultrasound equipment, training

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Campbell County Health will purchase ultrasound equipment thanks to a $600,000 grant from a charitable trust, the healthcare organization announced Thursday. 

The funding comes through the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. It is part of a statewide ultrasound initiative providing $13.9 million to help Wyoming hospitals and health centers purchase imaging devices. The funding also provides an opportunity to boost sonography and point-of-care ultrasound training, or POCUS. 

“We are incredibly grateful to the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust,” CCH CEO Matt Shahan said in a statement. “Their ultrasound initiative has helped hospitals across Wyoming and that help now extends to Campbell County and the northeast Wyoming region.”

Per a March 21 release, the grant will enable CCH to continue helping its providers make timely diagnoses and provide appropriate treatment using ultrasound equipment, which relies on high-frequency sound waves to produce images of structures inside the body. 

Walter Panzirer, a trustee for the Helmsley Charitable Trust, said the funding is intended to improve access to quality medical treatment for all Wyoming residents, regardless of their community. 

“Our hospitals and health centers need to stay current with rapidly advancing technology so they can continue to provide top-notch healthcare close to home,” Panzirer said in a statement. “These grants help ensure that facilities across Wyoming have the latest and greatest ultrasound equipment and training.”

Trust funding paid for 143 devices statewide, of which two-thirds were POCUS machines, 26 were general ultrasound systems and 20 were cardiovascular ultrasound systems.