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The emergency room at the Placentia Health Care Centre has a new vital signs monitor thanks to the Dunville Hospital Auxiliary, which raised the money needed for the purchase. The outpatients department also received a new vital signs monitor, which better enables nursing staff to keep tabs on their patients. Shown are: (l-r) Edith Yetman, Anne Smith, Lorraine Gilbert, Rosemarie Barry, Jean Cranford, Dr. Mangat, Anne Flynn, Debra Healey, Ethel Woodman, Julie McGrath, Shirley Newhook, Audrey Smith, nurse Gloria Healey, nurse practitioner Darlene Neville and Fred Bowering. Some other members of the auxiliary were unable to be there for the photo but were involved in the fundraising.
There are two new vital signs monitors in place at the Placentia Health Care Centre.
The monitors can keep track of all the vital signs of the patient, and are able to print out those details so the nurses don’t have to record them.
According to Dunville Hospital Auxiliary president Edith Yetman, whose organization raised the funding for the new monitors, nurses are saying these monitors are “the best thing since sliced bread.”
Yetman said the new monitors just make the job of nursing a little easier since the important details like the patient’s blood pressure and heart rate are all kept track of and recorded by the vital signs monitor.
“With these vital signs monitors, apparently, they are the real thing,” said Yetman.
She said the auxiliary, which has two main fundraisers for the hospital each year, purchased the one monitor for the emergency room, and got such a positive response, they were asked to purchase the other for the outpatients department.
“They thought it was really, really beneficial to the health care system,” she said.
The cost of the two monitors came in totalling just under $6,000.
The Dunville auxiliary has 25 members, each of whom, said Yetman, does a lot to help out.
“We’ve really got a good group here.”
The Dunville Auxiliary hosts two fundraisers each year. In the spring they often sell tickets on an item to raise money, and during Christmas, they hold a Christmas Carol memorial sing-along, which is a traditional event held at the hospital.
This year, the Dunville Hospital Auxiliary will celebrate 40 years of service to the Placentia-Dunville area.