Golfers who participated in the 11th annual Partners for Life Invitational Golf Tournament earlier this month are helping ensure local patients do not have to drive great lengths to stay on par with their health needs.
The golf tournament, sponsored by the Sampson Regional Medical Center Foundation, was held April 24 at Coharie Country Club. Proceeds from this year’s event will be used to purchase a new Olympus 190 laparoscopic surgical tower for the hospital’s operating room, a boon to minimally invasive surgeries. Preliminary results show a net revenue of nearly $16,000.
An upgrade to current equipment, the system will provide surgeons with high definition monitoring, image capturing features and the technology of Narrow Band Imaging that aids in the detection of abnormal tissue and vascular patterns. The system will initially be used for general surgery and OB-GYN laparoscopic procedures, but the universal system can also be used for orthopaedic and urological procedures.
“It will be used for laparoscopic surgeries, minimal invasive procedures such as laparoscopic gallbladders, laparoscopic appendectomies … ” said Jacquelyn Butler, director of Surgical Services at SRMC in an interview about the tournament published last month. “We’re very excited to be getting this tower, because we’ve recently taken on new OB-GYN surgeons and, with them joining our staff, we expect to see our volumes grow with laparoscopic surgeries.”
A total of 108 golfers, making up 27 teams, participated in the now annual tournament in four flights, with the Prestage Farms team, comprised of players Randy Barefoot, Jackie Parrish, Plato Faison and Hayden Lanier, taking first place in Flight 1.
Amber Cava, vice president of marketing/community relations and the Foundation, said the tournament was another great success, and she offered her thanks to all those who supported the tournament, either through play, sponsorships or in-kind donations.
“I think we had a very successful day,” Cava said. “We are so appreciative of very loyal supporters whose continued giving, even during difficult economic conditions, make it possible for the Foundation to provide for hospital and community needs.”
The hospital relies on the community to offer a helping hand through various events, and the Foundation tournament is one of them. The event has raised anywhere from $16,000-$24,000 each year for the past decade.
Among other projects, tournament proceeds have funded equipment for both the Emergency Department and a relocated Pediatrics Unit, as well as the addition of a Sexual Assault Nursing Examiner (SANE) room, which allows victims of sexual assault to be seen and treated by specially-trained staff. Last year’s tournament funded the purchase of new patient vanities, a renovation that is now under way following a design process.
During this year’s tournament, prizes for top three teams in each of the four flights were awarded prizes.
Other major winners of the day were:
Closest to the pin(#4) - Marvin Mitchell (Southern Ban)
Closest to the pin (#6) - Ashley Odum (Thornton Ventures)
Closest to the pin (#10) - Walt Hairr (Ezzell Trucking)
Closest to the pin (#15) - Randy Barefoot (Prestage Farms)
Longest Drive (#18) - Jackie Parrish (Prestage Farms)
(Chris Berendt contributed to this article.)