Left Photo: Javier A. Jover, M.D., is the first physician to use the SPiN Thoracic Navigation System at Valley Regional Medical Center.

Brownsville, Texas, March 21, 2016 – Valley Regional Medical Center announces the use of a new electromagnetic bronchoscopy navigation system that supports physicians in the early detection of lung cancer. The minimally invasive alternative to surgery can benefit patients with small to detect and hard to reach lesions that traditional bronchoscopy technology could not effectively identify or reach. This system aids physicians in the early detection of lung cancer, which is the key to saving patients’ lives.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths, killing more Americans each year than breast, prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers combined. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 224,000 Americans are diagnosed with lung cancer each year. The good news is that with early detection, the survival rate increases from 15% (stage IV) to as high as 92% (stage I).

The SPiN Thoracic Navigation System allows physicians to accurately access small lung lesions via multiple approaches. This assists physicians in detecting lung cancer earlier and without the need for multiple hospital visits for diagnostic procedures.

“The SPiN Thoracic Navigation System is a technological breakthrough that allows me to access all peripheral lung lesions, regardless of size or location,” states pulmonologist, Dr. Javier A. Jover. “With the Veran system, I am even able to biopsy small nodules without a direct airway using SPiNPerc, a navigated percutaneous approach. Being able to diagnose and treat these patients earlier leads to better patient outcomes.  Ultimately, this helps us save lives!”

“We are excited to be able to provide a more efficient and safer method of biopsy of lung nodules and masses with minimal discomfort to our patients,” said Art Garza, CEO of Valley Regional Medical Center. “This further demonstrates our commitment to excellence and the delivery of high quality and compassionate care within the community we serve.”

Medicare and some private insurance plans cover lung cancer screenings for high-risk individuals. To learn more about the procedure please call Mariana Whitley Tumlinson, Director of Community and Public Relations, at (956) 350-7745.

About Valley Regional Medical Center
Valley Regional Medical Center is conveniently located at the corner of Expressway 77 and Alton Gloor Boulevard in Brownsville. With physicians representing over 25 specialties, Valley Regional Medical Center is a leader in a vast array of high quality programs, including advanced diagnostic imaging, interventional cardiac catheterization, open heart surgery, laparoscopic and endoscopic surgeries, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, women’s services, pediatric services and neonatal intensive care. Valley Regional Medical is nationally recognized by The Joint Commission as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center and our Emergency Department is designated as an Advanced Level III Trauma Center treating a wide range of emergent needs 24 hours a day. For more information on Valley Regional Medical Center’s programs and services, visit our website at www.valleyregionalmedicalcenter.com.

About HCA Gulf Coast Division
HCA Gulf Coast Division is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers, and diagnostic imaging facilities.  It offers a complete continuum of specialized health programs and services that meet the needs of Greater Houston and South Texas’ residents and businesses.  HCA affiliated facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include: 13 hospitals, 8 ambulatory centers, 7 off-campus emergency centers, and a regional transfer center that provides one-phone-call access and support for patient transfers into and out of the HCA Gulf Coast Division Affiliated Hospitals, as well as access to ground and air transportation within a 150-mile radius.  For more information, visit our website at www.HCAGulfCoast.com.