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Published on January 24, 2018

Heart Patients to Benefit From New Technology Supported Through Love Light Trees Program

Photo of one of the Love Light Trees on the grounds of the Medical Center in Midland.Pictured is one of the 10 Love Light Trees that illuminated the grounds of MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland during the holiday season to signify support raised from the program. More than $54,600 was given to support new technology for heart patients.

A sparkling array of lights illuminated the grounds of MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland during the holiday season to help heart patients thanks to support given to the MidMichigan Health Foundation for the Love Light Trees program.

More than $54,600 was donated. James S. Bicknell IV, M.D., served as chair of the 36th annual Love Light Trees event. Proceeds from the program will purchase new technology that may lessen the need for blood transfusions during open heart procedures.

“The Cardiovascular Operating Room uses point of care instruments during open heart procedures, which provide essential test results needed to make necessary life-sustaining decisions,” explained Sunita Vadakath, M.D., director of Cardiovascular Services, MidMichigan Health. “The radiometer instrument that we will be purchasing uses a more accurate technology to directly measure hemoglobin and provides immediate results. This may lessen the need for blood transfusions during open heart procedures. We are grateful for the donations received to help make this possible for our heart patients.”

Contributions can be made year-round to the MidMichigan Health Foundation for the Love Light Trees program. Gifts are welcomed to remember a loved one or honor friends. Donations can also be used to commemorate a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary. Those who would like more information, or wish to donate to the Love Light Trees may contact the MidMichigan Health Foundation at (989) 839-1932 or visit www.midmichigan.org/lovelighttrees.

The MidMichigan Health Foundation raises funds to support equipment, services and programs for patients and families served by MidMichigan Health. MidMichigan Health is a non-profit health system headquartered in Midland, Michigan, affiliated with Michigan Medicine, the health care division of the University of Michigan. MidMichigan Health covers a 22-county region with medical centers in Midland, Alpena, Alma, Clare, Gladwin and Mt. Pleasant.