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Exceptional healthcare doesn’t occur in a vacuum. At Phelps, it is the result of many people supporting our programs and services, ensuring our ability to continue delivering the quality healthcare for which the hospital is known. Following are some examples of the impact our supporters have had on the quality of care at Phelps and in the community.

Breast MRI Technology for Advanced Diagnosis of Breast Cancer 

When Phelps opens its new MRI suite in late 2015, there will be a significant enhancement to the MRI services offered, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor who provided funding for the purchase of breast MRI coil technology. This new technology transforms the magnet used during an MRI scan into a system for dedicated breast imaging. The shape of the coil enables radiologists and technologists to customize the equipment to accommodate different breast sizes, which not only makes the MRI experience more comfortable for patients but also results in higher-quality images. Phelps is designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology’s Commission on Quality and Safety, and this new resource expands the diagnostic and treatment capabilities of our Breast Center team.

Emergency Training and Skill Development

The Hoch Center for Emergency Education, established through the generosity of Lisina and the late Frank Hoch, is located on the Phelps campus and provides a full range of emergency training and education programs to physicians, nurses, paramedics, EMTs, and other emergency healthcare professionals. To enrich the center’s pediatric training capabilities, the Children’s Dream Foundation, a long-time supporter of Phelps, funded the purchase of “SimNewB” and “SimJunior,” two human simulation manikins, one representing a newborn and the other a six-year-old boy. These manikins simulate a full range of age-appropriate pediatric responses, from healthy patients who are crying or talking to unresponsive patients in critical condition. They are excellent resources for the training of medical staff in patient assessment, airway management skills, cardiac rhythm recognition, team dynamics, rapid response and emergency interventions.  

Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative

As part of its commitment to the World Health Organization’s Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) – a global effort to implement practices that promote and support breastfeeding – Phelps is redesigning the way care is provided to mother and infant in the Maternal Child Health Unit, where more than 1,000 babies are welcomed each year. Instead of keeping newborns in a large central nursery, most babies will stay in patient rooms with their mothers (“room in”), and nurses and medical staff will visit the room to support mom and baby together. To help staff serve our maternity patients more effectively, the friends and family of Diane Lane, RN, NP, and the O’Neill family, honoring Dr. Harry Lubell for a lifetime of service to our community, each underwrote the purchase of a Nursery on Wheels (NOW), a wheeled cart that stores supplies and a laptop. The NOWs will provide key support for nurses as they move from room to room caring for mother and baby.

The Annual Fund

Annual Fund giving is the lifeblood of a community hospital. The monies raised through the Annual Fund provide unrestricted support, giving Phelps the flexibility to use these resources wherever they are needed most. Annual Fund gifts have been used to purchase equipment, fund programs and support the people who bring our exceptional healthcare to our patients. Phelps remains committed to its mission to offer the community the very best healthcare, and through the support of our donors, we have the resources to make this mission a reality. We are especially grateful to individuals like Mr. Howard Dean, who understand the important role of the Annual Fund and support this program in a significant way.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary Rehabilitation offers those with lung disorders the ability to improve their quality of life through an exercise program tailored to their individual needs. Wanting to provide pulmonary patients with advanced resources to help them return to a more active lifestyle, the van Hengel family funded the purchase of a Monark rehab trainer and table. The trainer is an important piece of equipment for upper-body conditioning of the accessory muscles used for breathing. It is also an effective lower-body ergometer, which measures the amount of work performed during muscular activity and is useful to patients who are working to get back into shape after a knee or leg injury.   

 

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