Merrill Eagles Donation Supports Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center

Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center is the recipient of a grant from the Merrill Eagles Auxiliary that will assist patients with Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia.

The $1,000 grant will be used to purchase a variety of sensory stimulation tools to help make Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients as comfortable as possible so treatment and diagnosis can happen in a timely and effective manner.

54 million Americans are estimated to be living with Alzheimer’s, making it the 6th cause of death in the United States. In 2010, 110,000 residents of Wisconsin were diagnosed with the disease which marks a 10-percent increase over the past decade. Over the past two years, nearly 500 patients were cared for with Alzheimer’s or Dementia as their primary or secondary diagnosis.

“Sadly this disease brings out many emotional behaviors, such as confusion, suspicion, depression, fearfulness and anxiety,” said Jacquelyn Nefstead, RN, manager of Patient Care Services at Ministry Good Samaritan. “Being in an unfamiliar setting, such as a hospital can intensify these emotions, making it very difficult for hospital staff to properly care for the patient in a timely manner and allowing the patient to get back to their familiar setting and caregivers as soon as possible.”

“We are grateful for the continued support of the Merrill Eagles Auxiliary,” said Ministry Good Samaritan president Kris McGarigle. “These funds will provide the resources to enable our staff to be more effective in treating their medical condition.”

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