Michael Magro Foundation Donates VeinViewer Imaging System

Vol. 17, No. 2
Spring/Summer 2007

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  • Winthrop Selected as National Training Center for CyberKnife�

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  • Healthy KIDS Takes the Show on the Road

  • Precious Purls Project Knits Memories for New Moms & Babies

  • Volunteer Louise Mazzaro Saluted for 33,500 Hours of Service

  • Smiles for Scott Foundation Brings Smiles to Pediatric Patients

  • Smiles for Scott Foundation Brings Smiles to Pediatric Patients

  • Golfers Raise More than $400,000 Under Sunny Skies at Winthrop�s 22nd Annual Golf Tournament

  • 10th Annual Opera Night Hits a High Note

  • First Annual Black & White Ball Raises More than $300,000 for CCK

  • Sleep Disorders Center Achieves Fourth Reaccreditation

  • Travel Smart: Visit Winthrop's Travel Center

  • Miracle Foundation Makes Second Grant of $50,000

  • Research at Winthrop Addresses Vioxx Heart Attack Risk

  • Accolades for Winthrop

  • New Smoke-Free Campus Policy

  • Michael Magro Foundation Donates VeinViewer Imaging System

  • Annual Swim-a-Thon Makes a Splash for Pediatrics

  • New Music Therapy Program Helps Patients Cope

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  • The VeinViewer utilizes near-infrared light and sophisticated technology to illuminate veins.
    Modern technology continues to make healthcare more effective and more efficient, and in some cases, even more comfortable. Such is the case for pediatric patients in Winthrop's Hagedorn Pediatric Inpatient Center, who are feeling the benefit of amazing new technology that allows healthcare professionals to view veins through the skin, thanks to the innovative use of near-infrared light and patented technology.

    The new VeinViewer Imaging System by Luminetx� locates veins and projects real-time images of them onto the surface of the patient's skin, making blood tests and IVs much easier for both healthcare professionals and patients.

    Young patients at Winthrop and their parents have the Michael Magro Foundation to thank for this nifty new tool, which is portable and can be wheeled directly to the patient's bedside when the staff needs to draw blood or start an IV.

    "No matter whether a child is admitted to the hospital for a serious condition or a not-so-serious one, blood tests and intravenous treatments are always a major concern for the patient and their parents," said Warren Rosenfeld, MD, Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Winthrop. "The donation of the VeinViewer by the Michael Magro Foundation goes a long way toward making blood work and IVs a lot less stressful for children and parents alike."

    The new VeinViewer is dedicated at the Hagedorn Pediatric Inpatient Center of Winthrop-University Hospital by (l.-r.) Ed Chewens, Administrative Director of Winthrop's Department of Pediatrics; Paul, Terrie and Marc Magro of the Michael Magro Foundation; AnnMarie DiFrancesca, Director of the Child Life Program at Winthrop; Warren Rosenfeld, MD, Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and Robert Lee, MD, Chief Resident in Pediatrics at Winthrop.

    The Michael Magro Foundation, established by the Magro family in honor of Michael Magro, who passed away in July 2004 after a courageous battle with leukemia, assists children who are undergoing medical treatment and their families. The Foundation has donated X-Box game consoles and game cartridges, as well as portable televisions with stands to the Hagedorn Pediatric Inpatient Center at Winthrop, so that children in treatment have the opportunity to play games that allow them to relax and escape for a little while, as well as arts and crafts supplies and books.

    The Foundation also provides support and recreational respite to children being treated at Winthrop's Cancer Center for Kids and their families. The Foundation makes grants to families in hardship, and provides gift cards to local entertainment outlets that enable them to get out and relax.

    The new VeinViewer technology is just one more way that the Michael Magro Foundation is helping young patients and their families at Winthrop.

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