Madelia, Minn. – Each year, the Madelia Health Foundation awards two internal grant requests as part of our Ask for Anything Grant round. These grants allow Madelia Health departments to submit applications for a piece of equipment or training that directly improves patient experience and demonstrates how the request can make the department better caregivers. The Madelia Health leadership team reviews and votes on the grant applications and two various departments are selected to receive funding for their grant request.
The grants for 2022 were awarded to the Lake Crystal and Truman clinics and the Surgical Services Department at Madelia Health. Both the Lake Crystal Clinic and the Truman Clinic received mobile vital equipment. The Surgical Services Department received a new stretcher for eye surgeries.
“A critical component of patient care is obtaining vital signs such as heart rates and blood pressures,” said Lauren Schofield, Registered Nurse with Truman Clinic. “Obtaining vital signs can be a labor and time-intensive task for caregivers. The new equipment allows for more accurate and efficient measurement of vital signs, especially in our pediatric patients with the option to use a flex sensor. It also has the capability for EMR (electronic medical record) connectivity that could be utilized in the future to help minimize documentation errors. The goal is always to have accurate data on patients to support appropriate diagnoses and ultimately patient satisfaction.”
“We see many patients here for cataract surgery,” said Jen McLaughlin, Director of Hospital Nursing. “Our old stretchers required nursing to make multiple bed transfers from admission to discharge. This new stretcher will allow our patients to stay in the same bed for the duration of their entire procedure until discharge, making it more comfortable for the patient and increasing efficiencies for our nurses.”
Each piece of equipment has been put to use and seen as a valuable addition to the services provided by these departments within Madelia Health. “The Foundation is proud to support these additional pieces of equipment as they truly do signify an enhancement to the patient experience,” said Sara Schauer, Foundation Executive Director. “It’s important for our donors to know that they make a direct impact on the care received every day. This equipment makes a big difference to those who entrust us with their care.”
The Foundation will provide these grants again in 2023 and anyone wanting more information about Madelia Health Foundation or how to support equipment or initiatives such as these can go to: https://www.madeliahealth.org/foundation/ or call the foundation at 507-642-5224.