Foundation support helps provide quality care in Emergency Department
Many north Lincoln County residents first become acquainted with Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital through a trip to the Emergency Department, which sees more patients than any other area of the hospital. Over 10,000 patients are treated in the department each year.
The Emergency Department was built along with the rest of the hospital in 1967 and until earlier this year, it looked its age. The flooring was scheduled for replacement which resulted in a temporary relocation of the department in May. Seizing the opportunity to work on his never-closed department, manager Rick Rhoton asked the North Lincoln Hospital Foundation for help in updating the care area to make it more welcoming and comfortable for patients. The foundation responded with funding for several improvements, including making the bathroom ADA accessible.
In past years, the foundation has purchased medical equipment for the Emergency Department such as an AccuVein device that illuminates the veins beneath the skin, allowing medical personnel to accurately locate veins during medical procedures, leaving less room for error.
“I personally have been able to start IVs that I wouldn’t have been able to start without the vein finder,” said Rhoton.
Rhoton has high praise for the help the foundation has provided his department.
“The generosity of the donors, not only in the past but going forward, allows us to have equipment to provide not only higher quality care but safer care for both the patients and my staff,” he said.
New equipment purchased and programs funded
The North Lincoln Hospital Foundation recently allocated $205,000 for new equipment purchases for hospital departments.
Golf scramble raises $30,000 for early learning scholarships
- A sterilizer washer and surgical clamps for the Surgery Department
- A microscope and an I-stat analyzer for the laboratory
- An infant warmer for the Labor and Delivery Department
- An Omnicell automated medication dispensing machine for the pharmacy
The 18th annual Charity Golf Scramble took place on August 18 at Salishan Golf Resort under sunny skies and perfect temperatures. This year, 112 players signed up for the four-person scramble.
This North Lincoln Hospital Foundation fundraiser was a success, with net proceeds of approximately $30,000 which will go toward scholarships to the Samaritan Early Learning Center.
“I want to thank everyone who helped with the 18th annual Charity Golf Scramble. With the support of our sponsors, community friends, co-workers, hospital staff and a large number of wonderful people who gave their time and energy, we are able to help families enroll their children at the Samaritan Early Learning Center,” said development associate and event organizer Cindi Fostveit.
Grateful patients send their thanks
The following thank you notes were sent to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital via samhealth.org. Donor support helped make the great care these patients received possible.
“I was treated for undiagnosed type 1 diabetes at your North Lincoln facility. I was admitted to the emergency room and was truly impressed with the care I received. I don’t remember all of the names of the staff in the ER but they were amazing. I was scared but they relieved a lot of my worry.”
“The same is said for my stay in the ICU. I don’t remember everyone’s name but the staff was amazing.”
“When I was transferred to the Med Surg unit for recovery, I again received amazing care. The one nurse I do remember was Tony (Franklin). He took the time to provide me with a lot of information and all of the staff was very good, cheerful and wonderful for all they did.”
“I can’t say enough about the staff at this facility. They were amazing and deserve more credit and thanks that I can give them. Please pass along to all of them that I am very thankful that they were there for me. The doctors and nurses were amazing.”