The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has awarded $44,000 to Mountains Community Hospital Foundation for the purchase of a new ultrasound machine. Allan Maneje, Radiology Department Manager explains the need, “Our current ultrasound system is over 10 years old and no longer capable of being upgraded to the latest technology. It’s also approaching End-of-Life status, meaning the manufacturer will no longer make replacement parts for the system. A new, state-of-the-art ultrasound machine will provide better image penetration, clearer image resolution, and an improved user-experience.”

The grant will be used to purchase a Toshiba Aplio 300 Diagnostic Ultrasound System. “The new machine has been ordered and we expect it to be up and running by the end of June” says Allan. Ultrasound is an imaging method that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images that lead to the diagnosis and treatment of many diseases and medical conditions. In 2016, the hospital conducted 1,370 ultrasound examinations for patients ranging from prenatal to elderly and diagnosed a vast array of conditions including breast cancer, abdominal abnormalities and vascular abnormalities. Ultrasound images allow radiologists to analyze a variety of conditions and assess damage after an injury or illness. Gallstones and kidney stones are easily spotted. Ultrasound images also detect fluid, cysts, tumors, abscesses in the abdomen or liver, impaired blood flow from clots or arteriosclerosis in the legs. Ultrasound is also the preferred method for monitoring pregnant women and their unborn babies.

“We’re incredibly grateful and honored by this grant award,” says Kim McGuire, Director of Community Development. “The total cost of the new ultrasound system is $76,375. The difference of $32,375 was donated by almost 100 community members. Contributions were also made by the Ted Roy Charity Foundation and the San Diego Foundation L&R Fund. We have plans to build a new Acute Care wing, expand our Skilled Nursing Facility, and add more parking. None of this will be possible without our generous donors.”

About the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
The people served by Mountains Community Hospital live in the ancestral lands of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians are one of several clans of the Serrano Indians. Spanish missionaries named the native people Serrano, meaning “highlander” or “mountaineer” in Spanish, however, the Indians call themselves the Yuhaaviatam, or “People of the Pines.” Their history in the area began 2,500 years ago. In 1891, the United States established the San Manuel Reservation which took its name to honor Chief Santos Manuel. The Tribe donates millions of dollars every year to organizations that support the residents of San Bernardino County and surrounding areas, as well as to Native American causes nationwide. For more information about the Yuhaaviatam, visit https://www.sanmanuel-nsn.gov/.

About Mountains Community Hospital and its Foundation
Since 1951, Mountains Community Hospital has been providing essential, quality medical services to residents and visitors of the San Bernardino Mountains. The hospital offers a 24/7 emergency department, 20-bed long-term care unit, 17-bed medical/surgical unit, radiology, laboratory, social services, respiratory therapy, physical/occupational therapy, Rural Dental Clinic and 2 Rural Health Clinics, which are located in Lake Arrowhead and Running Springs.

Mountains Community Hospital Foundation is dedicated to advancing the hospital’s mission by developing meaningful philanthropic partnerships that help the hospital grow its facilities, technologies and programs.