Johnson County —
The Cleburne Pregnancy Center is moving towards the new age of technology and expanding their services.
After the center’s ultrasound machine of three years stopped working, Executive Director Corliss Carr and Nurse Manager Cirrie Martin were on the search for a new machine.
Before their annual Let Your Light Shine Banquet in March, the machine had been acting up and would not produce 2D images. A week after the banquet the machine stopped working altogether.
Martin said the center’s repair tech came out to look at the machine and said it was too outdated to fix and it was time to find something new.
“We started to do research for machines in our price range for the funds we had available,” Carr said. “And there was one machine that kept popping up as one of the best with the latest technology but it was more than we had in our budget.”
That machine is the GE Voluson E8 ultrasound machine, the latest in medical technology to provide 3D/4D real time imaging.
Because it is the best technology, the machinery is costly. The Voluson costs about $60,000.
The center is a nonprofit organization and receives no government funding. Their finances come solely through donations.
So as Carr and Martin prepared a presentation for the center’s board to purchase the new machine, Carr said she received a call from their sales representative concerning the machine.
“The morning of the board meeting, he calls me and says, ‘Corliss you are not going to believe this but a few demonstration models have become available,” Carr said. “The machine is brand new and hardly used.”
Carr and Martin said it was by the grace of God that they were able to purchase the machine at $29,000 rather than $60,000, because it was a floor model.