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SMH Installs Signature Phacoemulsification Machine


Western Maine Health President and Chief Executive Officer Timothy A. Churchill announced today that Stephens Memorial Hospital has installed a new WhiteStar SignatureTM Phacoemulsification Machine, for cataract surgery, in the Surgical Services department.


The machine is used by the cataract surgeon to easily and safely break up cataracts and remove them from the eye with a special Fusion Fluidics system.  It boasts a streamlined interface and accessories that are easy to use and assist with efficiency in the Operating Room. Stephens Memorial is the first hospital in Maine to have the state-of-the-art machine, which is one of only 12 in the Northeast.  It has been on the market since 2007.  The company states, "this system combines the efficiency and safety of phaco technology with improved fluidics that enhance chamber stability."


Martin Whitaker, M.D., of Riverside Eye Care who performs cataract surgeries at SMH shares, "this "state of the art" machine helps to remove the cataract with less energy delivered to the eye, keeps the eye more stable, and this makes the surgery safer. It also allows the surgery to proceed more quickly. Together there's less trauma to the eye resulting in quicker recovery of vision and even better outcomes."


Stephens Memorial Hospital is a Leapfrog Top Rural Hospital and a member of MaineHealth.


Photo caption:  A sales representative from Abbott Medical Optics (AMO), shows Andy Damon, CST, CFA (left) and Dr. Martin Whitaker, right the features of their new cataract machine.






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