WHITE ROCK, B.C. –  A new bronchoscope has arrived at Peace Arch Hospital, and will be used by doctors, respiratory therapists, and pulmonologists to detect the cause of breathing difficulties and lung problems. 

It will also help manage issues such as tumors, infection, and bleeding, and help medical teams to monitor a patient’s breathing when they require an artificial airway during intubation or tracheostomy procedures.

“Our community provided outstanding support for a new bronchoscope,” says Peace Arch Hospital Foundation’s Executive Director, Stephanie Beck. “Funds raised through a campaign in August 2021, and two special major gifts, provided enough for not one, but three new bronchoscopes to be purchased.”

Major gift donors include the Racanello family, and TB Vets Charitable Foundation, who both had special interest in arming Peace Arch Hospital’s frontline medical teams with critical respiratory equipment.

TB Vets, a charitable organization dedicated to helping British Columbians with respiratory illness lead healthy and productive lives for 75 years, has been an annual donor to Peace Arch Hospital Foundation, helping to secure other critical equipment such as the life-saving Hamilton-G5 Ventilator.

“These generous gifts and our new bronchoscopes will improve accurate diagnosis, surgery, biopsy, and treatment results,” says Stephanie Beck. “And they will ensure that our entire community can receive much needed care close to home.”