Foundation receives $275,000 gift from Schweitzer family to support advanced nuclear imaging

MOSCOW — Gritman Medical Center is adding the latest nuclear medicine technology thanks to a generous $275,000 personal donation to the Gritman Foundation from Ed Schweitzer and his wife, Beatriz.

The new camera system will be used to diagnose and determine the severity of a variety of diseases and conditions. The state-of-the-art nuclear medicine technology provides higher resolution images, shortens scan times for patients and provides faster results to clinicians. The new machine has a larger opening helping patients feel more comfortable and at ease. The technology even has a built-in entertainment center, letting people watch videos or listen to music while being examined.

“Gritman is grateful for the Schweitzer’s philanthropy,” said Kara Besst, Gritman President and CEO. “The gift helps us advance our health technology and deliver more compassionate care to patients. This investment will help us save lives in our community.”

This advanced technology helps diagnose many diseases, including: cancer, heart disease, gastrointestinal issues, endocrine problems, neurological problems, pulmonary issues, bone fractures, and bone infections.

“One of the reasons we enjoy such an outstanding quality of life in our region is that we have extraordinary health care,” said Schweitzer. “Beatriz and I are very pleased to support Gritman to deliver the best possible care, right here at home.”