Partners with Ministry Our Lady of Victory raise more than $5,000 for needed equipment
Every April, the nation celebrates the contribution of volunteers during National Volunteer Month. It is an opportunity to recognize the impact and power of volunteerism and service as an integral aspect of civic leadership. Ministry Our Lady of Victory Hospital honored their volunteers at their annual appreciation dinner April 18. More than 35 attended the event at Alberta May's at the Home Place in Stanley. Volunteers from the Board of Directors, the OLV Partners, the OLVH Prayer Team and the Community Link transportation and shopping group were honored at the event.
This year, the Partners organization presented a check for $5,036.68 to hospital president Cynthia Eichman for the purchase of two items at MOLVH that will improve patient care.
The first item is a specialized wound care training model that allows nursing staff to treat simulated types of patient wounds. The model uses specialized cleaning and dressing techniques to ensure the best patient healing process possible. MOLVH nurses are currently expertly trained in wound care management. They work collaboratively with Saint Joseph’s Hospital-Marshfield’s wound nurse specialists to provide long term wound care management in their swing bed program. A wound care patient can consult with their physician in Marshfield without having to leave the facility through the inpatient TeleHealth technology. This new education simulator model will enhance the care MOLVH nurses provide.
The second item is a specialized lift to help nursing staff at the hospital transfer patients from vehicles into the hospital emergency room. The Medcare Car Extractor will enable MOLVH staff to safely lift and move patients into and out of nearly any vehicle – from a compact automobile to a fire/emergency van. By using this unit, the staff can gain deep access into tight vehicle interior spaces and lift large patients with limited mobility. They will be able to quickly extract patients from almost any vehicle and reduce the risk of transfer injuries.
According to Eichman, “We are so grateful to the continued fundraising efforts that our OLV Partners coordinate for these special equipment needs. With this donation we were able to respond to our staff request for help with this new lift technology and address a special training request need from our nursing leaders. This donation is in addition to the ongoing funding the OLV Partners provide of our visitor coffee program in the hospital Atrium and the annual health care career scholarships that are awarded each Spring to graduating high school seniors.”