Staff from Albury Wodonga Health’s Cardiology Cath Lab are thrilled that cardiac patients on the Border will now have permanent access to surgical equipment for replacement pacemakers and defibrillator devices.

The Commercial Club Albury has donated $44,800 to enable Albury Wodonga Health to purchase equipment that will directly benefit over 120 cardiac patients each year.

The generosity of the Commercial Club Albury enables the purchase of a PEAK Plasma Blade. When pacemakers and defibrillator devices are replaced, the PEAK Plasma Blade reduces damage to surrounding tissue structures during surgery. As a result, surgery becomes safer for cardiac patients.

“The PEAK Plasma Blade is seen as standard equipment in metropolitan hospitals. This will allow the community of Albury Wodonga and surrounds to benefit from permanent access to the same equipment as metro areas”, said Cath Lab Nurse Unit Manager, Kate Sutton.

“We currently hire the equipment at significant cost. This donation has a double benefit as it allows us to fund other patient and staff safety initiatives.”

“We are thrilled to support our local health service. It’s wonderful that we can fund vital equipment that can help people locally,” said Graeme Edgar, Commercial Club Albury Board Chairman.

“The generosity of the Commercial Club Albury has made a real difference to cardiac patients on the Border. The Club has contributed to our Cardiac Cath Lab on many occasions and we are incredibly grateful for their continued support,” said Gina Bladon, Albury Wodonga Health Foundation Manager.

Albury Wodonga Health has recently established the Albury Wodonga Health Foundation. Through community donations and fundraising, the Foundation is able to fund specialised medical equipment and services to enable more people in our region to be treated closer to home and their loved ones.

Donations of $2 or more to Albury Wodonga Health are tax-deductible.

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