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Over $370,000 Awarded for Equipment and Services

Awarded for equipment and serviceThe Providence St. Peter Foundation Board of Directors awarded 2012 spring grant awards in May, totaling $374,962. Thanks to the generosity of donors, many programs and departments throughout Providence St. Peter Hospital, Mother Joseph Care Center and Providence Medical Group’s Family Medicine Clinic will have new equipment and services to support the diverse needs of patients and staff.

Among the grants awarded is a GildeScope airway management system. This system allows for real-time views of the airway passage in patients so that necessary tubes may be placed, quickly and accurately.

According to William Beppu, M.D., this equipment “will improve our ability to deal with difficult airways and supports patient safety.”

The system that is planned for purchase is able to meet the needs of patients of all sizes. Lorie Khorsand, Surgery Manager, says, “We are so thankful to the donors who are helping make this equipment possible.” Jess Thomas, Lead Anesthesia Nurse, adds, “It’s a real life saver!”

Mick Phillips, a local attorney with Phillips Wesch Burgess PLLC, who chairs the Foundation’s Allocation Committee says, “Making these decisions is never an easy process, and it was especially difficult this spring cycle. The needs are great in our local ministries and the Foundation Board continues to be committed to raise funds to meet the diverse needs of patients and staff.”

Twenty-one grants were made in addition to the airway management system, including a variety of patient monitoring equipment, staff education at Mother Joseph Care Center, a BiliCheck machine to screen for jaundice in infants, and several patient lifts. Last year, Providence St. Peter Foundation awarded a total of $925,941 between the spring and fall grant cycles combined.

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