The Emergency Department at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital recently acquired a SonoSite portable ultrasound machine, thanks to funding from the North Lincoln Hospital Foundation. Because this machine is portable and located right in the emergency room, it allows emergency physicians to provide faster, more efficient treatment.
The speed with which emergency patients receive a diagnosis and treatment can impact their recovery. With the SonoSite, emergency physicians can quickly view a patient’s internal organs and assess their injuries without moving the patient to diagnostic imaging for a CAT scan. In addition, the machine can precisely locate veins to help nurses insert intravenous needles in difficult situations. The foundation raised more than $30,000 for the ultrasound machine through its “Corks & Cuisine” fundraiser in April, which was attended by more than 100 guests.
From the CEO: How your support makes a difference
I am truly proud to be a part of an amazing community hospital. During my time here, I have seen over and over again how donors play a key role in making Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital an excellent place for our family, friends and neighbors to receive medical care.
One of the most noticeable things for me that donors help accomplish is the purchase of new medical equipment to help our staff do their jobs. From new lighting for the Surgery Department to a portable ultrasound machine for the Emergency Department, the North Lincoln Hospital Foundation funded almost $200,000 in equipment last year.
Donors also help us improve hospital facilities so that they are better-suited for patient care. Most recently, $115,000 in foundation funding was used to remodel our Generations Rehabilitation Center, which provides a wide range of therapy, physical rehabilitation and assessment services for children and adults.
I also want to highlight the completion of a special project that I believe will have a long-term impact on our community: the Health Professions Education Center (HPEC) on the hospital campus. With the opening of the COMP-Northwest medical school in Lebanon, medical students and residents are now doing training and rotations at our hospital. Research shows that physicians often choose to practice where they trained, so providing an optimal experience for the students who train with us will encourage new, highly qualified physicians to consider careers in our rural community. The HPEC provides a place for these students to live and attend seminars while they are at our hospital. With dormitory style housing for up to 10 people, and conference room space, the HPEC makes training here much easier for these students. The HPEC project was made possible by foundation support.
All of these are key examples of how donors have made a deep impact over the last year. There are many, many more examples that I was not able to list here. Whatever area of the hospital you choose to support with your giving, thank you for partnering with us.
Marty Cahill, CEO
Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital