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St. Luke’s uses grant for patient rooms

The Polk County community foundation recently granted St. Luke’s Hospital $20,000 to assist with patient room upgrades.
As part of St. Luke’s Building on Excellence campaign, the hospital is purchasing and installing new hospital beds, mattresses and flat-screen televisions in patient rooms.
The adjustable, electric hospital beds have design innovations to improve patient safety and comfort, including: enhanced patient positioning, improved alarm systems, indirect lighting systems, improved braking and easier-to-use controls. The bed’s low position and improved alarm system are designed for improved patient safety and reduced staff injuries from lifting.
“I think it’s wonderful that the Polk County Community Foundation has granted our Foundation’s request,” said Sandy Brooks, RN, chief nursing officer at St. Luke’s Hospital. “Patient safety and comfort are paramount to recovery, so we greatly appreciate the Foundation’s support in purchasing these new beds.”
As part of the planned patient room upgrade, the hospital will also install new flat-screen, high-definition televisions to provide entertainment, information and educational content for the hospital’s patients and visitors.
Completion of the project is expected by September 2011. For additional information, please contact the St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation at 828-894-2693.
– article submitted by Jennifer Wilson