08.08.16 |Heartland Community Foundation Helps Fund County Health Initiatives

The Heartland Community Foundation recently awarded Rooks County Healthcare Foundation (RCHF) three grants totaling $10,734 to help fund three new health care programs initiated at Rooks County Health Center (RCH).

Karen Harris, director of imaging services at RCH notes that a media warmer and a blanket warmer are being acquired by the Radiology Department to improve patient comfort during certain scans. The media warmer warms up the media contrast solution that is injected into patients needing specific procedures. This warmed solution is more comfortable for the patient, leading to less stress during the scan. Few rural hospitals have this available due to the cost.

The blanket warmer will be used for patients concerned about the cooler temperature in the Radiology Department. The department is kept cooler than the rest of the hospital due to the number of delicate instruments in use.

Stephanie Bjornstad, RN and quality supervisor at RCH received funding to purchase 4 portable closed air purifying respirators to enhance safety for RCH staff and patient visitors during contact with patients who may have been exposed to highly communicable diseases such as TB, measles, SARS or chicken pox.

The nursing department, headed by Pam Harmon, RN and chief nursing officer, is undertaking a county wide health initiative to train area citizens in hands only cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of automated external defibrillators (AED). The mastery of these simple protocols can greatly enhance the survivability of someone stricken by a heart attack. Nearly half of all heart attacks suffered in the United States outside a hospital result in death. The immediate application of hands only CPR by a bystander can double or triple the victim’s chances of survival.

The Heartland Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Greater Salina Community Foundation, serves as a vehicle for charitable giving in Rooks, Trego and Ellis counties. Its mission is one of enhancing the quality of life in these counties by helping meet existing and future needs of local communities.


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