Mercy Hospital Gets New Wheels…Chairs that is

April 8, 2013
ftaxi wheel chair


Irene Brillhart, Mercy Hospital

Fort Scott Auxiliary member,

tests the new user-friendly

staxi wheelchairs at Mercy.

Fort Scott – Something new is raising curiosity at Mercy Hospital.  Although wheelchairs are a standard piece of medical equipment in hospitals, the sleek design of the new staxi chairs have Mercy patients and visitors scratching their heads.

Mercy’s inventory of standard wheelchairs was dwindling and replacements chairs that could stand the test of time were needed.  Mercy Hospital Fort Scott President Reta Baker noticed staxi chairs at another hospital facility and was intrigued.  Baker worked with Linda Carpenter, Mercy Purchasing Manager, to research the product.

Staxi wheelchairs have numerous patient safety benefits over standard wheelchairs:

  • built in braking system prevents brakes from being released until the navigating handle is squeezed
  • easy, side entry for patients means patients don’t need to move backward to position themselves before sitting; simply lift either armrest to enter
  • narrow front design allows the chair to maneuver easily through doorways
  • permanent footrests may be set in an up or down position
  • most patients can transfer out of the chair easily without being lifted
  • antimicrobial fabric limits the spread of infection
  • more durable and can accommodate up to 500 pounds

Mercy Hospital received funds from the Mercy Hospital Auxiliary to purchase five staxi chairs.

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Mercy is the sixth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 32 hospitals, 300 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,900 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. For more about Mercy, visit

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