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Advanced Technology to Target Disease – A Gift from Country Bank

August 24, 2010

Dr. Edward Ostrowski, Radiologist at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital, Paul Scully, President of Country Bank, Joan Sullivan, President of Baystate Mary Lane Hospital and Deborah Fontaine, RT, Radiology Supervisor. 





A major public health threat can now be quickly and accurately diagnosed at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital with the most advanced technology in place to detect osteoporosis – a disease that currently affects one out of every two women and one in four men age 50 and older. Thanks to the generous support of Country Bank with a $50,000 contribution to fund the innovative Hologic OnePass Technology, osteoporotic fracture risk factors and bone health will be assessed, benefiting patients with quick and accurate measurement of bone density in a safe, effective, and painless way.


The evaluation of bone health has become an essential component of our patients’ wellness,” said Dr. Edward Ostrowski, Radiologist at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital. “The benefit of early diagnosis of osteoporosis and treatment can slow bone loss, increase the amount of bone, and lower the chances of fractures,” notes Ostrowski.  


“We are grateful for the continuing support of Country Bank and recognize the impact their long history and commitment have had on our ability to fulfill our mission to improve the health of the people in the many communities we serve,” said Joan Sullivan, President, of Baystate Mary Lane Hospital and Baystate Health Eastern Region.  “Through their continued generous support to our Campaign for Patient Care, we now have technology in-house to provide the early detection of osteoporosis,” she added.


Over the years, Country Bank has been a trusted friend and supporter of Baystate Mary Lane Hospital and has donated over $700,000 to the hospital for various projects and campaigns.   In addition to the financial support provided to the Baystate Mary Lane Hospital, Country Bank employees volunteer countless hours participating in hospital events and committees. 


We are fortunate to have “Baystate Mary Lane Hospital here in our community. It provides convenient, local access to quality healthcare for area residents and where our employees and their families work and live.” said Paul Scully, President& CEO of Country Bank.  “We are delighted to play a part in helping them continue to deliver high quality patient care right here close to home.


The new technology now available at Baystate Mary Lane furthers its ability to provide high quality care with early detection of risk for osteoporosis.  If fragile bones resulting from this disease are not prevented or if left untreated, osteoporosis can progress painlessly until a bone breaks. These broken bones, also known as fractures, occur typically in the hip, spine, and wrist.  Although any bone can be affected, of special concern are fractures of the hip and spine. A hip fracture almost always requires hospitalization and major surgery, and spinal or vertebral fractures also have serious consequences, including loss of height, severe back pain, and deformity.  “Ultimately preventing a hip fracture is more desirable than treating one,” said Ostrowski. “Most people spend from one to two weeks in the hospital after a hip fracture and the recovery period may be lengthy,” he added.


According to the National Institutes of Health, 10 million people in the United States have osteoporosis, with an addition 34 million at increased risk due to low bone mass.  Women represent almost 80% of those affected, with risks increasing at the time of menopause when women lose bone quickly for several years. In men, the loss of bone mass is slower, but by age 65 or 70, men and women lose bone at the same rate.


Bone density scans are recommended for older women and men and those at risk.  Risk factors include being over age 65 for women and 70 for men, low body weight (less than 127 pounds), a low lifetime calcium intake, certain medication use, a family history of the disease, being vitamin D deficient and being a smoker, excessive drinker.  These factors are taken into consideration when a physician determines if a patient needs bone densitometry testing. 


Baystate Mary Lane Hospital now offers testing with its new Hologic OnePass Technology, thanks to the commitment of Country Bank to address this need for advanced testing to address this significant health concern.