August 28, 2014

Nashoba Valley Medical Center Acquires New Olympus EVIS EXERA III Endoscopy System to Help with Earlier Detection of Digestive Diseases

Revolutionary endoscopy system helps physicians deliver state-of-the-art patient care

Nashoba Valley Medical Center is among the first hospitals in the region to acquire the Olympus EVIS EXERA III video endoscopy system at its facility in Ayer, Massachusetts. This new endoscopy system uses a video processor, light source, endoscope and monitor, enabling physicians to peer inside the body to diagnose, detect and treat gastrointestinal (GI) diseases and other conditions. The advanced imaging in the EVIS EXERA III system will help Nashoba Valley Medical Center’s physicians detect GI diseases, such as colorectal cancer (CRC), at an earlier stage when treatments are most successful.

“The clarity on the new Olympus EVIS EXERA III system is exceptional, helping us to better detect abnormalities, even at their earliest stages,” said Dr. Michael Older, a gastroenterologist at Nashoba Valley Medical Center. Early detection can improve treatment outcomes, reduce overall health care costs and improve the quality of life for patients. To aid in early detection, the American Cancer Society recommends that beginning at age 50, both men and women at average risk for developing colorectal cancer should be screened for CRC and polyps. Those with personal or family risk factors should be tested even earlier.

In addition to helping Nashoba Valley’s physicians detect and diagnose diseases at an earlier stage, the new 190 series colonoscopes in the EVIS EXERA III system provide improved comfort for patients as well. The new technologies included within the system, all deliver better control to the physician, which makes the procedure easier on the patient’s body.

“With the acquisition of the Olympus EVIS EXERA III system at our hospital, our goals are to improve the efficiency of our operation, enhance our diagnostic capabilities, and foremost, deliver world-class care to our patients,” said Nashoba Valley Medical Center Gastroenterologist Dr. Annie Chemmanur. “With this advanced technology, we may be able to provide our patients with more accurate diagnoses, shorten their procedure times and improve their overall procedural experience.”

By acquiring the new Olympus EVIS EXERA III endoscopy system, Nashoba Valley is able to further its commitment to providing world class care for its patients, close to home.

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About Nashoba Valley Medical Center

Nashoba Valley Medical Center (NVMC) offers community-based primary care and specialty services. NVMC was awarded an A, the highest grade possible, in hospital safety by Leapfrog, and recipient of the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval. Areas of clinical strength include emergency medicine, diagnostic imaging, cardiology, gastroenterology, ophthalmology, oncology, orthopedics, physical therapy and general surgery. NVMC also offers a comprehensive Diabetes and Endocrine Center, Travel Clinic and Occupational Health Services. Nashoba Valley Medical Center is part of the Steward Health Care System LLC, the largest integrated community care organization in New England which combines over 3,000 physicians, 10 acute care hospitals, managed care, insurance programs, home care, an imaging operation, and a number of other post-acute services, to provide the most cost effective and highest quality of integrated patient care.