July 24, 2020 – Jupiter Medical Center is advancing its diagnostic imaging and staging capabilities with the addition of a new, high-performance, digital PET/CT scanner. The technology will make Jupiter Medical Center the first in the state to produce motion-free images that will improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. The acquisition is due to the generosity of Barbara and Joe Charles.
The General Electric Discovery IQ combines positron emission tomography (PET) and computerized tomography (CT) scans. The merger results in the detection of much smaller cancerous lesions, exceptional image quality, and the use of less radioactive materials.
“It is important to us to have a regional medical center that is committed to expanding critical services,” said donor Joe Charles who lives in Jupiter. “We wanted to help Jupiter Medical Center find the best available technology to improve treatment, accuracy, and enhance patients’ experiences.”
The new PET/CT scanner includes respiratory technology that monitors each patient’s breathing pattern and stabilizes accordingly, leading to clearer images and improved diagnosis. The machine also involves less hardware and shortens the length of the procedure, which increases patient comfort.
“This donation supports the growth of the oncology services at Jupiter Medical Center and changes the outlook for our patients,” said Liv Vesely, president of Jupiter Medical Center Foundation. “Our physicians have a greater tool to determine the extent of disease, so they can pinpoint the next steps for treatment.”
The new PET/CT scanner with be housed in the Foshay Cancer Center, which is part of the Anderson Family Cancer Institute. The 55,000-square-foot facility opened in March 2020. It offers patients tailored treatments and access to the world-class team at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami, the only designated National Cancer Institute (NCI) cancer center in South Florida.
About Jupiter Medical Center Foundation
Since its founding in 1989, Jupiter Medical Center Foundation has empowered Jupiter Medical Center with the financial resources to reimagine the delivery of health and wellness to the region. Jupiter Medical Center Foundation, together with Jupiter Medical Center, is committed to transforming regional healthcare through leading-edge technology, patient-centered care and enhanced facilities. The Foundation has funded a number of major projects at Jupiter Medical Center, including the De George Pediatric Unit in partnership with Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, the Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center, The Anderson Family Orthopedic & Spine Center, the Frank E. and Mary D. Walsh Robotic Surgery Program, and the Florence A. De George Pavilion.
As a leading, not-for-profit medical provider in the region, Jupiter Medical Center relies on philanthropic gifts to maintain patients’ well-being and quality of care, and Jupiter Medical Center Foundation is dedicated to securing this financial support in order to fulfill the mission of the organization. For more information, please visit jmcfoundation.org.