After over one year of fundraising projects, the Lincoln County Health System Foundation donated $30,000 to Lincoln Medical Home Health & Hospice. Projects included the annual David Groce Memorial Boston Butt Sale, the Pink Toilet project, sale of the Disaster Backpacks, and various t-shirt sales.
“This year, Lincoln Medical Home Health and Hospice was chosen as the recipient of funds from the Foundation,” states Susie Compton, Administrator for the agency. “While other entities have had large projects that were easily visible, Home Health and Hospice had a wide variety of needs, not quite as visible, but no less important. The Foundation helped us purchase items that greatly benefited our patients and their families. These are either things that we have used in the past or things that we really wanted for our patients or staff, but could not budget, due to reimbursement cuts and cost cutting measures that are just part of health care today”.
“For several years, we’ve been able to furnish our hospice families with a ‘Tomi Turn’, a specially made pad that fits under the bed bound patient and facilitates turning the patient in bed,” continues Compton. “But these items are expensive, and as we’ve looked at ways to decrease costs, the Tomi Turn is one of the ‘extras’ that we had to consider leaving out of the budget. The Foundation purchased 50 of these devices for us this year so that we can continue to provide them to our families.”
“The Foundation also purchased over 200 booklets entitled Hard Choices for Caring People. We love the Hard Choices booklets, and give them to families who are seeking information about end of life issues, like CPR and feeding tubes. “These, again, are ‘extras’ that we know benefit our families and our community, but if not for outside funding, may not be something the agency can continue to provide free of charge. The booklets help us talk with patients and families about some of the hard decisions that can occur when patients and families are dealing with life-threatening illness and quality of life issues.”
Foundation monies also purchased new home health bags for the staff. “A home health nurse, aide, therapist, or social worker has to be able to take everything into the home in order to provide needed care,” explains Compton.
“Two PT/INR Monitors were a recent purchase for nurses to use for home health patients who require frequent blood samples to monitor the effectiveness of their anticoagulant medication. When a patient is on Coumadin or other anticoagulant medication, the physician will order periodic lab tests to ensure that the patient’s blood is ‘thin enough. We then have to take the specimen to a lab for processing, obtain results, then call or fax them into the physician’s office. Many times a patient’s veins may be very fragile and it can be difficult and painful to get a blood specimen using a needle and collection device. A PT/INR Monitor allows us to obtain the blood with a finger stick, much like a glucose test. We are able to run the test at the bedside and get immediate results that can be called to the physician or Coumadin Clinic. This accomplishes two things: it allows us to have a way to easily obtain blood samples from some of our patients who are ‘harder sticks’. It also allows us to obtain results immediately, communicate with the physician’s office, and adjust the patient’s medication, if needed, within minutes of the test.”
Their final purchase came just last month when they purchased Telehealth monitors for the agency.
The Lincoln County Health System Foundation is an organization whose purpose is to pursue important community health care needs. The cost of providing quality health care continues to increase at rapid levels. The Lincoln County Health System strives to maintain the latest technological advances, as well as staying up-to-date with the changing community needs and continual demand to upgrade and improve equipment and services. The Foundation helps in meeting those needs through fundraising with involvement and service to the community. For more information, visit www.lchealthsystem.com.