Have you ever wondered where the money goes when you donate to the SFBH Foundation? Your contribution makes it possible for the hospital to purchase everything from new stretchers for the Emergency Department to high-tech medical equipment for the cardiac program.
Here’s a closer look at how philanthropic gifts to the SFBH Foundation directly benefitted patient care last year.
High-Tech I.V. Pumps
Intravenous pumps deliver medication, blood and fluids such as nutrients. They’re standard equipment in hospitals. New Alaris Pumps acquired by SFBH are automated “smart” pumps with preprogrammed settings based on each patient’s weight and needs. The pumps also have built-in safety procedures, including an alarm, that alerts the nursing staff and helps reduce the potential for medication errors. According to June Ramsey, R.N., director of Patient Care Services, a $130,000 donation from the Foundation made it possible for the hospital to purchase the new Alaris Pumps.
Surgery Center Equipment
In the Pete Beaty Surgery Center, Susan Musser, R.N., director of Surgical Services, reports that the hospital was able to purchase many new items that improve surgeon’s ability to treat patients. For example, better image quality on new, cutting-edge endoscopy scopes improves gastroenterologists’ ability to diagnose and treat GI conditions. For orthopedic surgery, new surgical tools aid joint replacement surgery. And, new patient monitoring equipment allows anesthesiologists to better monitor patients for improved safety.
Last year, the hospital expanded its services to include treatment for ST-elevation myocardial infarction or STEMI, a type of heart attack that requires immediate intervention. A $50,000 donation from the Foundation made it possible to acquire new software technology that speeds up communication between emergency services providers in the field and the hospital. The new software, called LIFENET, allows EMS to send a patient’s EKG directly from the ambulance to the Emergency Department and Cardiac Catheterization Lab, making sure that everything is ready to go once the patient arrives.
A $231,000 donation to the Imaging Department allowed the hospital to acquire a state-of-the-art cardiac ultrasound. This noninvasive imaging equipment uses sound waves to image the heart’s chambers, valves, walls and blood vessels. The exam offers a good baseline to help determine how well the heart is functioning. “The new equipment makes a significant difference for both patients and physicians by improving accuracy of test results,” say Vikki O’Neal, manager of Imaging Services, and Tonie Kelly, coordinator of Echocardiology.
High-Tech ER Stretchers
An $88,000 donation to the Emergency Department made it possible to purchase 8 new patient stretchers with special high-tech features that improve safety, comfort and care. “The stretchers have a built-in scale, which allows patients to be weighed without having to move them,” says Brooke Shepard, M.D., director of the Emergency Department. “That’s important, since many patients in the ER are not mobile and accurate weight is essential for correctly dosing medication.”
The stretchers also have new mattresses that are much nicer and more comfortable for patients, which improves patient satisfaction. In addition, they have added features for safety, including an alarm that sounds if the patient is at risk for falling.
The ER staff benefits, too. “The older models required the staff to raise and lower the bed manually. Newer stretchers are electronic, making it much easier to position the patient and prevent any injury to the staff,” says Dr. Shepard.
Community participation in special events, planned giving and annual gifts to the SFBH Foundation provides the ongoing philanthropic needed support to South Florida Baptist Hospital. “We greatly appreciate everything the Foundation does to make it possible for us to stay up-to-date on new equipment and technology,” says Dr. Shepard. “These items make a significant difference for our patients, staff and physicians.”