Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Health

March 7, 2014

Hospital Foundation grants fund community health programs and services

Decatur County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) received $12,290.50 in grants from the Hospital Foundation of Decatur County to support programs and services. The funds are raised by the Hospital Foundation through the daffodil project, special events such as the Gala and Golf Outing, and through individual donations and bequests.

Programs receiving funding this round include:

Tree City Medical Partners was awarded $1500 for the purchase of an automatic urine chemistry analyzer. The new equipment will allow for comprehensive point -of-care urinalysis in routine testing, detection of early kidney disease and HCG pregnancy testing to improve clinical decisions. This system can also connect directly into the patient’s electronic health record, providing instant assistance in the analysis process.

The Marketing Department will be saving on outsourcing by taking higher-quality and wide angle photos through the purchase of a fish-eye camera lens and a backdrop. The lens will also allow for virtual tours on the DCMH website and allow for additional artwork throughout the hospital, while the backdrop will enable staff photos to be taken in-house. The department was awarded $500 to make the purchases, with the hope that the money saved by insourcing can be transferred to other marketing options and events. The Hospital Foundation awards small grants of $500 and under to additional projects without counting against the applying department’s per annum limit.

The Marketing department also received $4000 to fund free screenings to the community during the various Healthy Fairs held during the year. This programing provides free healthcare and screenings to those who cannot afford it otherwise, while educating community members on healthier living and lifestyles. The family-fun events encourage community members to take preventative action with their health, and to take advantage of services from DCMH. The Hospital Foundation is a proud sponsor of the community Healthy Fairs each year, and was pleased to learn attendance and participation is increasing each year.

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