Brooks trust aids Trinity digestive center

STEUBENVILLE – Trinity’s Medical System’s Digestive and Nutritional Center has acquired some new and impressive diagnostic tools related to esophageal and stomach disorders thanks to grant funds from the Mary Jane Brooks Charitable Trust.

The diagnostic tools include a Manoscan ESO esophageal Manometry System as well as a package of high-definition video endoscopy equipment used for scoping of patients at Trinity’s Outpatient Endoscopy Center on Sinclair Avenue, according to Dr. Himanshu Desai, physician at the center.

“(The trust) paid for the manometry system for the first year,” said Desai, adding Trinity assisted with funds for high-definition scoping equipment. “The grant (from the charitable trust) was a very substantial part of paying for (the scoping equipment).

“It was a multi-year grant for (our procedure rooms),” continued Desai. “The endoscopy part of the system gives you a high definition view using a medical-grade, high-definition monitor. We created a motility clinic. That’s based on the equipment we have in (procedure room) I. We also created a heartburn clinic, which goes along with the manoscan and endoscopy clinics.”

The motility clinic evaluates the function of the gastrointestinal systems, including stomach and sphincter muscles as well as discovering lactose intolerance or bleeding in the patient’s system. The clinic also can diagnose the cause of chronic heartburn along

with other possible stomach malfunctions, according to literature provided by Desai.

“It can be very difficult to treat (chronic) heartburn,” Desai said. “This equipment will enable us to (better diagnose) and treat it better,” said Desai.

Desai also said the equipment will help him and other physicians form quicker and more accurate diagnosis.

“We can now analyze and make new diagnoses we weren’t able to make before,” Desai continued. “We’re excited. We were trained to do this, but we didn’t have the equipment. I can now put all my training to use.”

The trust was established by lifelong Steubenville resident Mary Jane Brooks, who died in 2009 at 88. She was the only child of Mary and J. Earl Brooks, who jointly owned and operated the Barclay-Brooks Insurance Co. in Steubenville.

The trust was established from Mary Jane Brooks’ estate after her death, and became operational in the fall of 2010. It’s first monetary grant was given in January 2011. By the end of 2014, the trust had donated more than $1 million, with 12 local charities being recipients of the funds. Besides grant funds to Trinity’s Digestive and Nutritional Center, the trust has donated funds for a new tele-medicine platform at Trinity’s Emergency Care facility at Trinity Medical Center West. and funds for improvement and completion of the Steubenville YMCA/Trinity Wellness Center.

The trust board of directors are David D’Anniballe, accountant; E.M. George, former president and chief executive officer of WesBanco Inc. in Wheeling; Brookes Chalfant, manager of L Brands in Columbus; and attorney Peterson Chalfant.

(Miller can be contacted at mmiller@heraldstaronline.com.)