Specialty Surgical Instrumentation, Inc. Donates Surgical Supplies To UTCOM Skills Lab

Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Dr. David Seaberg, dean of UTCOM Chattanooga, and Alex Petrochko, sales representative for SSI.
Dr. David Seaberg, dean of UTCOM Chattanooga, and Alex Petrochko, sales representative for SSI.

Specialty Surgical Instrumentation, Inc. recently donated several surgical trays to University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga’s (UTCOM Chattanooga) skills lab based at the Erlanger Baroness Campus. Among the equipment donated were scalpels, scissors, needle holders, forceps and retractors, according to skills lab director Richard Cook.

“The Skills Lab at the UTCOM Chattanooga provides a world-class training facility for our physicians, residents and medical students,” said Dr. David Seaberg, dean of UTCOM Chattanooga. “We are grateful to companies such as SSI Inc., and individuals like Charles Mann, who helped sponsor and support our educational mission.”

Mr. Mann, a University of Tennessee alum, has been a longtime supporter of UT College of Medicine and the Chattanooga campus at Erlanger. After a recent tour of the upgraded skills lab Mr. Mann asked what he could do to help the program.

“I’ve been very fortunate in my life,” said Mr. Mann. “I believe in giving back to my alma mater, and when I heard of the need for supplies, I knew I could fill it.”

UTCOM Chattanooga’s premier skills lab is fully equipped with state-of-the-art equipment – providing physicians, medical students and residents with hands-on skills training on the latest techniques and surgical practices. The training center includes specialized areas designated in orthopaedic surgery and arthroscopy, anatomical study, surgical skills practice, and microsurgery in a simulated operating room with anesthesia and operating room technician students.

SSI, a division of Symmetry Medical Inc., is a surgical instrument and supply company headquartered in Nashville, Tn.



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