Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

July 13, 2013

Hospital Foundation grants fund community health advances


Greensburg Daily News

---- — GREENSBURG — Decatur County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) received $15,252.11 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, individual donations and bequests.

Programs receiving funding this round include:

The Department of Staff Development was awarded $3315 for the purchase of a Lifepak 12 Biphasic Defibrillator. The Lifepak will be used for emergency training of EMS, Nursing, Respiratory Therapists and community first responders including fire/rescue personnel. This will allow staff to practice and train in treating cardiac emergencies in a safe learning environment without removing the defibrillator from the emergency room. The new dedicated training defibrillator will also expand the possibility of moving simulation training out to community fire/rescue departments and county venues.

The community will be better prepared for the Flu season this year thanks to a $5000 award given to the Infection Prevention Department of the Hospital, to help cover the costs of Flu vaccinations. With an escalation of Flu-related cases reported last year, the coming year should prove a challenge as well. Each year the Hospital provides free Flu vaccinations to anyone in the county wanting protection from the influenza virus.

A $5,000 grant was made to the EMS department to help fund an EMT Training Center. The center will be open to the community, and offer the EMT-Basic and EMT-Advanced training required for becoming an EMT. First responders that are often called to respond with the ambulance service are also encouraged to attend the classes.

The Radiology Department will be joining the IU Health “Cloud” thanks to a $1937.11 award from the Foundation. Currently, CD’s and DVD’s are used to transfer CT scan and X-ray information via the patient. By uploading the exam results to the secured, shared IU Health “Cloud” trauma surgeons will be able to access a patient’s results prior to their arrival without fear of incompatible systems, offering speedier and better quality care.

According to Bryan Robbins, Director of the Hospital Foundation, “The Hospital Foundation felt these projects addressed both community needs and enhanced the services our Hospital and its professionals provide. From effective training, to flu vaccinations, to embracing the latest technology, DCMH continues to advance the health and wellness of our community, and donors to the Hospital Foundation’ can be proud to be a part of that progress.

The Hospital Foundation Board includes President, Cleo Duncan, Vice-President, Susan Burkhart, Secretary, Nancy Sheffer, Treasurer, Guy Folkman and Board members Daryl Smith, George Reiger, Mary Sue McGinn, Dr. Mary McCullough and DCMH CEO Linda Simmons.

In upcoming events, this year’s eighth annual Event “fore” Caring golf outing will be held Wednesday, Sept. 14 at the Greensburg Country Club.

For more information, check out www.dcmh.net/golf or call the Hospital Foundation at 663-1220.

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