St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation grants $153,180 to improve the health of our community
07 / 24 / 2013
Maria Nelson, Media Relations
Affinity Health System
(920) 554-0686 (pager)
Appleton, Wis. – Today the St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation announced more than $153,000 in internal grants to improve patient care across Affinity Health System’s northern region. The grants will be used to purchase critical medical equipment, enhance patient care programs and contribute to valuable research that will lead to health care solutions.
“Many friends, family members and neighbors will receive the improved personalized care they need thanks to these grants,” said Tonya Dedering, executive director, St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation. “Our patients and our health care providers are grateful to the donors who are making a difference in the health of our community by supporting these grants.”
The foundation received $532,500 in grant requests during the spring cycle – the most ever. Combined with the fall cycle, $952,334 in grant requests were submitted this fiscal year. More than $24,000 was approved to help assure the poor, homeless, under-insured and uninsured members of our community receive the critical health care services they need through the Basic Needs program.
“During this time of change in our country’s health care system, donor support and health care philanthropy are more important than ever,” said Travis Andersen, president, St. Elizabeth Hospital. “Because of the grants shared by our foundation and the generous donors who make these grants possible, I am optimistic about the future of health care in our community."
The full list of spring grant recipients includes:
Affinity Medical Group - Northern Region
- Behavioral Health: $13,538 - Conference room furniture. The furniture would allow the department to configure the tables and chairs in such a way to make trainings and meetings more comfortable and enjoyable.
- OB/GYN: $29,336 - SonoSite Point-of-Care Ultrasound. The portable ultrasound machine is used for most new obstetric patients that are seen in our department to determine fetal viability, view fetal positioning, confirm dating and to also diagnose other obstetric and gynecological problems.
- Orthopedics: $1,200 - ACL Injury in Female Adolescent Dancers and Basketball research project with UW Oshkosh to identify ACL injury risk based on gluteal muscle strength in female adolescent athletes. A hand dynamometer will be purchased and used to measure gluteal muscle strength and in advancing study of other muscle testing in our department.
- ENT: $2,912 - 4.0 mm, Zero Degree Endoscope. ENT provides a new innovative in office procedure called balloon sinuplasty. This procedure requires a specific 4.0 mm, zero degree endoscope that allows the provider to visualize the passing of the balloon into the patient’s sinus.
- Family Practice: $9,912 – Four Carescape V100 Vital Signs Monitors
St. Elizabeth Hospital Nursing Units
- Newborn Level 3: $21,977 - The Alaris System is a comprehensive IV medication safety system for our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The Alaris System has integrated smart technology allowing for the protection of every infusion and every patient, every time.
- Behavioral Health: $391 - Nourishment Service
- Surgery: $4,700 - Perioperative Mastery Program is designed to reduce patient risk by increasing nursing knowledge. This program uses an online learning methodology that is able to pinpoint knowledge gaps and quickly remediate knowledge deficiencies, resulting in nursing staff that has mastery of critical periop information.
- Case Management: $24,000 - Basic Needs program designed to provide to the poor, homeless, under-insured and uninsured in our area. It is used to help with transportation, clothing, medications and miscellaneous items.
- ICU: $35,017 - EndoTool® Glucose Management system is a software-based tool to help the RN control blood glucose in the target range when using IV insulin and to help the RN and pharmacy in the transition from IV insulin to subcutaneous insulin.
- Behavioral Health: $10,195 - Continuation of Health and Wellness Grant to promote all aspects of individualized care for the Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Unit.
About Ministry Health Care
Ministry Health Care is an integrated healthcare delivery network serving more than 1.1 million people across Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota. Ministry generates nearly $2.2 billion in annual operating revenue with 15 hospitals, 47 clinics, and more than 12,000 associates including 650 physicians and advanced practice clinicians. Ministry Health Care recently joined Ascension Health as the second healthcare ministry in Wisconsin. Ascension is the largest Catholic and not-for-profit healthcare system in the nation. Ministry is ranked among the top 20 percent of healthcare systems in the country according to Truven Health Analytics.
For the Editor:
Affinity Health System, a faith-based regional health care network, is the Fox Valley’s second-largest employer, according to the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry. For the fourth consecutive year, Affinity has been named one of the nation’s top 64 health systems based on clinical performance according to Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. For ten consecutive years, Affinity Health System has been named to the SDI (formerly Verispan) Integrated Health Network Top 100, an annual assessment of the 100 most highly integrated health care networks in the nation. Both St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton and Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh rank among the top 1 percent of hospitals nationwide in terms of quality and efficiency, as determined by the 2007 Premier | CareScience Select practice National Quality Award. Members of Affinity include Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Health Foundation, Oshkosh; St. Elizabeth Hospital and the St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation, Appleton; Affinity Medical Group, a regional network of 25 family practice and specialty clinics – 22 of which are recognized as NCQA Level III medical homes, the highest level of recognition – in 14 communities; Calumet Medical Center, Chilton; and Affinity Occupational Health.