Using everything from bake sales to raffles and a thrift store, members of Mercy St. Francis Auxiliary have raised tens of thousands of dollars. Today, they wrote a check for $45,000 to buy new sleep lab equipment for Mercy St. Francis Hospital.
“Our auxiliary members have worked long and hard to raise this much money,” said Jon Wade, president of Mercy St. Francis Hospital. “This new equipment will dramatically upgrade our sleep lab, which serves both adults and children. Sleep disorders can greatly affect a person’s health and for kids they can even alter physical and mental development.”
The hospital plans to use the money to buy two Embla Sandman N7000 systems with expanded capabilities. The units include everything from analysis software to cameras that can pan, tilt and zoom, as well as microphones and amplifiers. Sleep technicians will have the very latest equipment to help them monitor things like breathing patterns, muscle movement, brain waves and heart rate.
“These new machines will allow us to gather the data we need and record it on the patient’s electronic health record,” said Miriam Johnson, sleep lab technician. “That means a patient can get their sleep study done close to home, and all their Mercy doctors have instant access to the information.”
Photo cutline: Front row, left to right: Emma Gehlken; Deanna Wason; Jonathan Wade, president of Mercy St. Francis Hospital; Carolyn Miller; Thelma Henry; Jane Foval; Carol Iseminger. Back row, left to right: Karen Simpson-Neasby, vice president of Mercy Philanthropy; Verda Richardson, Mike Wason, Michele Schaefer, senior vice president of Mercy regional operations; Carol Barnes; Tom Foval.