Patients recovering from surgery at Mercy Hospital Berryville now have upgraded technology at their bedsides – all thanks to the generosity of their friends and neighbors.
“Last year we realized it was time to improve our monitoring capabilities,” said Carole Bieschke, registered nurse and manager of surgical services. “Now we have four state-of-the-art patient monitors mounted next to each bed in the recovery room of our PACU (post-anesthesia care unit).”
The machines, which arrived in late January, are the product of Mercy’s Black and White Charity Ball in 2014. The event raised a record-breaking $56,000 through private donations, sponsorships, auctions and a pledge drive.
“We’re so grateful for that generosity,” said Robert Phillippe, certified registered nurse anesthetist. “These new machines will allow us to watch depth and rates of respiration of patients waking up after surgery.”
The monitors replace older models that required rollers and took up valuable space in the recovery room. “The outdated machines will be repurposed in our pre-op rooms to take vital signs like blood pressure and heart rate,” Bieschke added. Eventually, the new monitors will be able to digitally update patient records, saving Mercy co-workers time. “We want to take care of patients the best we can, and these are going to really pay off.”
Mercy Health Foundation Berryville hopes to echo the success of last year’s event. The 12th Annual Black and White Charity Ball will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at Inn of the Ozarks, located at 207 W. Van Buren in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Attendees will be treated to a lavish dinner, auction, live entertainment and more.
“The support from the community has been tremendous as our event continues to grow,” said Cody Qualls, executive director of Mercy Health Foundation Berryville. “Donors make quite an impact year after year; we are truly blessed to live in such a generous community.”