Hendricks Regional Health opened an endoscopy suite in its Danville hospital in late July. The new, expanded space includes new equipment, new patient beds, state-of-the-art cardiac monitoring equipment and a tube system for quicker test results.
The hospital’s goal is to improve patient privacy, access and comfort.
According to Hendricks Regional Health, the hospital has received 558 new patients from Zionsville and 198 new patients from Whitestown within the past two years — including 373 within the past six months.
Each year, about 70 million Americans suffer from digestive diseases, many of which are treatable and even preventable through regular screening. Hendricks Regional Health’s Endoscopy Suite diagnoses and provides therapies for digestive health disorders such as acid reflux; Crohn’s disease; gastritis; peptic ulcers; gallstones; and appendicitis and more.
“The majority of our patients are coming in for that first colonoscopy to make sure that there are no pre-cancerous issues,” said Lynn Turner, nursing director for endoscopy at Hendricks Regional Health. “When you turn age 50, it’s recommended that you have a colonoscopy as a general health screening. One of the most significant ways to impact colon cancer is early diagnosis.”
Turner said most of the time, patients have not been diagnosed and are having gastrointestinal symptoms that have gone on for a long time. Endoscopy is a procedure by which physicians run a small, lighted scope through the gastrointestinal system to look for signs of abnormality.
“We can do other tests that do not utilize scopes,” Turner said. “(Patients) can swallow a camera capsule. It goes through your GI system and takes pictures. This can help diagnose things like ulcers or maybe alert (doctors) to suspicious-looking areas. This is a less invasive way to diagnose.”
The Endoscopy Suite sees close to 20 patients per day and is part of the hospital’s outpatient service. The new areas are completely updated with larger patient rooms which have glass doors for privacy.
“The new space was designed to accommodate more patients and improve access for our community to get in quicker and have an overall improved experience,” Turner said. “That was driven by the needs of our patients and community as well as our expanded community clear up to Zionsville.”