|Stephanie L. Bloom, president and chief executive officer, Community Medical Center, (second from left) receives a $15,000 donation from Kaleidoscope of Hope representatives Kathy Lynch of Wall, Mariclaire Scott of Lincroft and Janice Carey of Howell. This generous gift will be used to purchase technology to assist with robotic assisted gynecologic oncology surgery for women.
June 11, 2012, Toms River, NJ - The Kaleidoscope of Hope Foundation (KOH), an organization founded by three ovarian cancer survivors who have turned their experiences with the disease into activism, provided the Community Medical Center Foundation with a $15,000 donation to help gynecologists perform delicate minimally-invasive robotic assisted surgery more precisely.
Since 2000, KOH , the primary advocate for ovarian cancer activism in the New Jersey area, has raised and awarded more than $2 million to help fund research for early detection and new treatment options. KOH stresses the difference that early diagnostic tests or disease-specific therapy can make in the lives of women and their families.
KOH’s donation to Community Medical Center, the first in Ocean County, funds the purchase of a Uterine Positioning System (UPS). This high-tech equipment is used in robotic assisted gynecologic surgery to stabilize the uterus while the surgeon performs the surgery remotely at the surgeon’s console.
“We are so pleased to provide Community Medical Center with funding to help support women in their fight against cancer,” said Mariclaire Scott, Kaleidoscope of Hope Foundation Board member. “We look forward to working with CMC in the future to continue to raise overall awareness about the disease and help women with ovarian cancer get access to the best treatment options available.”
UPS is part of Community’s robotic surgery system, the da Vinci Si surgical platform, which allows doctors to perform less invasive surgery with minimal risk of infection and blood loss as well as a faster recovery time. Robotic surgery is the next generation of minimally-invasive surgery, which utilizes a high-level computer system to dramatically enhance visualization, precision, control and dexterity during surgery.
“Kaleidoscope of Hope’s donation will benefit many women in Ocean County and we are extremely grateful for their generosity,” said Stephanie Bloom, FACHE, president and chief executive officer, Community Medical Center. “The enthusiasm and passion this organization has for creating awareness about the importance of early detection in ovarian and other gynecologic cancers is commendable. We look forward to working together to help achieve our mutual goal of improving women’s health.”
To learn more about the CMC’s robotic surgery program, log onto www.roboticsurgerynj.com. For information on Kaleidoscope of Hope, please visit www.kohnj.org.
CONTACT: Jean M. Flaherty
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