The Holmberg Foundation recently made a $9,800 grant to WCA Hospital for the purchase of a bladder scanner for the Ambulatory Services Center.
ASC nurses now have the ability to utilize the bladder scanner to more effectively and efficiently assess patients before and after surgery, or who may be dealing with or have a history of bladder infections and other bladder-related issues.
The mobile bladder scanner enables the nurses to view the bladder and its contents more accurately through sonogram technology, a process that is completely non-invasive and only requires the use of a jelly-like transmission fluid.
Staff from the Ambulatory Services Center at WCA Hospital, from left, are: Jessica Certo, RN; Lisa Linamen, RN; Kim Grover, RN; Lorraine Diggs, RN, director of nursing/Peri-Operative Services; and Sharon Gustafson, RN, senior staff nurse, show off their new portable bladder scanner to David Shepherd, executive director of the Holmberg Foundation.
This vital piece of equipment enables the ASC to reduce the number of catheterizations performed, thereby reducing the risk of urinary tract infections. While a catheterization procedure takes 15-20 minutes to perform, the bladder scanner only takes one to two minutes.
"We are very grateful to the Holmberg Foundation." says Sharon Gustafson, RN, senior staff nurse for the Ambulatory Services Center at WCA Hospital. "Thanks to their generosity, we can more effectively assess our patients, improve speed and dignity, and continue to provide excellent care to our patients and community. "
Created by the proceeds from the will of the late Arnold P. Holmberg, the Holmberg Foundation funds college scholarships and fellowships, supports organizations and programs that help economically disadvantaged people prepare for college, and funds Jamestown-area charitable organizations as appropriate.
To support WCA Hospital, please contact Karl Sisson, director of development, at 664-8423, visit www.wcahospital.org, or mail your tax-deductible gift to: WCA Office of Development, PO Box 840, Jamestown, NY 14702-0840.