On August 4, 2023, Michael DeAngelis was riding his mountain bike in Mammoth Lakes when he hit a wash of roots and rocks and went down, hard—collapsing a lung and breaking five ribs. “I have never been in so much pain,” he recalls.
Michael hadn’t been in a hospital in 25 years when he landed in the Mammoth Hospital Emergency Department. He ended up undergoing a CT, or Computed Tomography, scan, which showed fluid in his collapsed lung, so physicians at Mammoth Hospital removed the fluid and safely transferred Michael to Renown Medical Center in Reno. “It was a lifesaving procedure for me,” Michael said.
The CT scanner is at the core of the Emergency Department’s diagnosis tool belt. By imaging the patient’s body into thin slices, a CT allows a physician to see pathology or damage to tissue or identify the source of unknown pain or injury quickly and accurately.
Mammoth Hospital’s Emergency Department physicians and general surgeons unanimously agree that the CT is our “number one diagnostic tool,” according to Kyle Howell, M.D. “Crucial is an understatement,” says Frohar “Fru” Bahiraei, M.D., General Surgeon. “I rarely operate without a CT scan.”
Mammoth Hospital’s current CT will be obsolete by December 2025. Mammoth Hospital’s Board of Directors has approved the purchase of the Canon Aquilion SP 180-slice CT as our facility’s next state-of-the-art CT scanner and committed the appropriate funding to accomplish the physical space requirements and construction.
The Mammoth Hospital Foundation is raising funds to complete the purchase of the $700,000 machine, and our community has already gotten us halfway there! Join us in this important endeavor and you can be instrumental in saving the life of a loved one or a fellow community member by supporting the purchase of this lifesaving diagnostic tool.
If you’d like to support our CT Scanner Campaign, you can donate online here or send a check to:
The Mammoth Hospital Foundation, PO Box 100 PMB 487, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
You may also contact the Foundation staff to discuss your interests by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 760-924-4128.
Michael DeAngelis back on his bike and thriving after his “lifesaving” procedure at Mammoth Hospital.
“The CT scanner is unquestionably the most important resource to Mammoth Hospital outside of our physicians and staff. Your gift to this project is a powerful upstream investment in maintaining the excellent level of local medical care at Mammoth Hospital.” – Kyle Howell, M.D., Emergency Medicine