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Summit County: Dancing with the Stars to fund special spine table

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SUMMIT COUNTY – With the entertaining event – Dancing with the Mountain Stars – coming up Saturday, excitement to see local celebrities dance for a cause is gearing up. And this year, the fundraiser at Keystone Conference Center is collecting money for a new Jackson Table to be used at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center.

A Jackson Table, or a special operating table used mainly for spinal surgery, is definitely necessary for the already expanding, local medical treatment center, said St. Anthony Summit Medical Center spokeswoman Andrea Jensen. While the hospital already has one, another one will furnish a new operating room being created in its expansion project. A Jackson Table runs at $200,000.

“Currently, we have two operating rooms in Summit Medical,” Jensen said. “An expansion project will allow us to have four operating rooms. We’re doubling our space. We will have three of the four rooms operational to do surgeries, and the fourth room won’t be totally equipped. It will be used for storage until we receive traffic to make it necessary to build the room out completely.”

Jensen added that the hospital’s expansion will be done by the end of this year.

“We’re raising money for another spine table because it’s a special table to allow spine surgeons to do intricate surgeries,” she said. “It has all the bells and whistles, and it makes spine surgery easier.”

Deb Edwards, president and chief development officer with Summit Medical Center Health Foundation, said she’s enthusiastic about raising funds for a new spine table as “it’s to better serve our community.”

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“We are a Level 3 trauma facility, so we always have to leave one operating room open for trauma cases and emergencies,” Edwards said. “Now we only have one operating room open for standard procedures.”

Another one makes sense for the community, Edwards noted, as many scheduled procedures are also performed.

“The community expects us to have state-of-the-art health care options,” Edwards said. “A high level of expertise and technology is available because of the community’s interest and participation.”

According to Dr. Greg Poulter of Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, raising money for a new spine table is key because “when that table is utilized throughout the week, any traumas that come in would have to wait for that table to become available.”

Another table allows the hospital to stay open to trauma, and it increases hospital use for scheduled surgeries.

“This is a critical piece in allowing us to take advantage of the OR expansion that’s currently underway,” Poulter said.

Such a table allows doctors to position a patient comfortably for a lengthy surgery, it protects extremities and it relieves pressure, he added. It’s made out of carbon fiber, which also allows physicians to take X-rays from a variety of positions.

“It’s not just for the spine,” Poulter said. “It allows us to increase offerings for a variety of procedures. We do have a growing spine practice up here. All types of spine surgeries are done here now.”