The addition of a new state-of-the-art bed system at Good Samaritan Health Center in Merrill will result in a more comfortable setting for patients while improving safety for its patients and staff.

Staff recently installed the first shipment of VersaCare bed systems by Hill-Rom in the hospitals medical and surgical unit. The new beds feature a powered air surface to accommodate the patient’s weight and bed position. With continuous low pressure, VersaCare reduces peak pressures that cause and aggravate skin ulcers.

“These are fully motorized patient beds that provide optimal comfort and tie into to our existing patient call system which was also upgraded over the past few years,” said Katherine Rosengren, inpatient nurse manager at Good Samaritan Health Center. “This is much more than a bed; it’s an important tool in providing better rest and faster recovery.”

The VersaCare bed is designed to raise or lower its height which helps prevent or reduce the impact of falls for patients and a Patient Positioning Monitor (PPM). Its unique mattress shape provides firm support for the patient along with comfortable and easy to grip siderails along with nightlights at either side of the bed.

To help in patient repositioning, safety is enhanced with a Turn Assist feature and max inflate which are powered by foot pedals allowing a single caregiver to perform patient examinations, linen changes and other tasks.

“We are confident that this is another step forward in improving the quality of care we provide to the Merrill area community,” said Good Samaritan President Michael Hammer. “The many features of this state-of-the-art system will go a long way in reducing injuries to our staff which is equally important.”

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