“It’s a game changer,” said Andrew Ta, technologist. “It’s helping us do our job more efficiently and keeping costs low so that we can put money towards new machines.” Andrew is referring to St. Joe’s new 3D printer.
There are hundreds of small medical devices and handheld equipment used in patient care. And just like your phone, they can fall and get damaged. Thanks to an innovative idea from our Clinical Engineering (CE) team, we now use an in-house 3D printer to create protective casings for the devices.
The 3D printer was purchased through ImagineIF, our innovation fund made possible thanks to a generous donor.
“We’ve been using our new 3D printer since November.” said Jeff Quach, a technologist in the department. “We’ve developed drop-proof casings for several types of devices and brackets for attaching wiring and power adapters to mobile patient equipment. With the 3D printer, we can create materials when we need them, and for far less than buying them.”
This is one example of how donors make an impact. Donor support can be seen throughout St. Joe’s from revitalized spaces, to new equipment, to streamlined systems. You too can make an impact.