Published on December 30, 2020

MidMichigan Health Foundation Funds Advanced Respiratory Testing

Photo of the PFT with MidMichigan Medical Center - West Branch staff.

Ray Stover, president, MidMichigan Medical Centers in West Branch and Gladwin; Nicole Potter, director, MidMichigan Health Foundation; Tamara Smedstad R.R.T., respiratory care manager, MidMichigan Medical Center – West Branch; and Lesa Mrozinski, R.R.T., Shelly Stanfield R.R.T., and Wayne Clemens, R.R.T, respiratory care therapists for the Medical Center in West Branch.

Patients of MidMichigan Medical Center – West Branch will benefit from the generous support of the community and Medical Center employees with the recent purchase of the new Vyntus™ BODY Plethysmography respiratory diagnostic system. The $52,000 in raised funds were directed to the MidMichigan Health Foundation for the purchase of the equipment. 

The diagnostic test results produced by the Vyntus system can detect certain airway diseases that require a specific treatment plan. Physicians and providers then use the Vyntus test results to assist them with the development of an effective treatment strategy for those individuals experiencing persistent breathing symptoms attributed to airway diseases. 

“Nothing is more critical to human life than air. With this new equipment we can achieve higher levels of respiratory accuracy for our patients,” said Ray Stover, president, MidMichigan Medical Centers in West Branch and Gladwin. “We are dedicated to providing our patients and community with the most advanced diagnostic testing equipment on the market.” 

Located in the pulmonary rehabilitation suite, patients will be able to obtain their testing locally at the Medical Center in West Branch. 

“It’s very exciting for our team to have the opportunity to provide this level of testing to our respiratory patients,” said Tamara Smedstad, R.R.T., respiratory therapy manager, MidMichigan Medical Center – West Branch. “We sincerely appreciate all of the donors that have made this offering possible for our department.”