|Hospital donates AED to SunSet View community|
|Written by Chris Lee|
A new Automated External Defibrillator (AED) will be donated to the SunSet View Community Room on behalf of East Phillips County Hospital District (EPCHD).
EPCHD board members voted to provide the AED to SunSet View at their Tuesday, March 22 meeting. The decision was made because there currently isn’t an AED located within the facility and the hospital had an extra one to provide to the community.
The machine is used to automatically diagnose potentially life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia in a patient.
After brainstorming possible recipients, the hospital determined the AED would best be utilized at SunSet View, not only because one isn’t currently available there, but because many activities are held there each week and having an AED within arm’s reach would be smart.
Administrator reports activity
Ayoub updated the board on provider recruitment and mentioned they will be meeting with a family practice doctor during the first week of April. He also noted specialty clinics for ear, nose and throat doctors will begin in April.
Dr. J. Kevin Belville will begin his ophthalmology clinic in May, and the clinic will begin offering sleep studies on a regular basis. An MMH staff person is currently undergoing training so the studies can be scheduled regularly.
Ayoub also reiterated that nurse practitioners Judy Sudmeier and Deana O’Gorman both decided to continue to work at the hospital and clinic.
The administrator noted a couple of grants were obtained to help purchase a new stair chair device and an additional power cot for the ambulance service.
Staff at the clinic and hospital underwent some disaster drills to prepare for the situation, should a tornado hit Holyoke. Ayoub noted the training went very well and staff cooperated nicely.
Capital purchases during the month included crack sealing of the parking lot and the purchase of a new scope and tower to be used for endoscopies and colonoscopies. The machine will replace one that was experiencing some issues. Ayoub said they shared their displeasure with the company that provided the scope and they made it right by offering the newer scope.
Ayoub said never at any time did the previous scope interfere with patient care.
In other business March 22, board members:
—held a 30-minute executive session for personnel issues.
—approved credentialing for Scott Hayden, James Hubbard, Michael Kellam, William Ketcham, Geoffrey Murrish, Michael Myers, Daniel Possehn, Bradley Tipler, Eric Trefelner, Brian Twedt and Archana Lucchesi.