HEALDTON, Okla. – A generous gift to Mercy Hospital Healdton will benefit a countless number of patients. Recently, the McCrory Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Ardmore, granted the hospital with $13,000 towards an innovative new inpatient bathtub that will allow both comfort and convenience for patients who have difficulty with mobility.
“We know how important this will be for the community,” said Larry Wilkes, who serves on the McCrory Foundation’s Board of Directors. “Our mission it to support things that will benefit the people of Carter County, and the work of Mercy Hospital Healdton more than fits that criteria.”
The 55-gallon bathtub includes a removable chair that acts much like a wheelchair, making it safer and easier to transport patients directly from their hospital bed. It also includes 30 warm air massage outlets, and a digital thermometer that displays water temperature.
“This grant could not have come at a better time,” said Jeremy Jones, administrator at Mercy Hospital Healdton. “We had just been told that our previous inpatient tub was beyond repair, so we’re incredibly grateful to the McCrory Foundation and the work they put in to help make this happen.”
The bathtub was installed in April.
Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2017 by Truven, an IBM Watson Health company, serves millions annually. Mercy includes 44 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.