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Saint Joseph London Volunteers Donate Emergency Room Lift
New equipment will ensure safety for patients, staff
London, Ky. (October 11, 2013)—Thanks to the generosity of the volunteers at Saint Joseph London, part of KentuckyOne Health, the emergency department has received a PowerFlexx Lift, which allows medical professionals to lift and transfer patients safely to a stretcher or wheelchair.
The PowerFlexx lift uses hydraulics to lift up to 700 lbs. without risking the safety of the medical professionals performing the patient transfer. This equipment is ideal for patients who arrive at the emergency room in their own vehicle but are unable to walk or lift themselves.
The Saint Joseph London Gift Shop, run entirely by volunteers, donated $9,200 for the purchase of the lift.
“The addition of this battery operated lift will result in less strain and possible injury of the staff, as well as increased safety and confidence for our patients,” said Wilson Rawlings, an Emergency Department Volunteer at Saint Joseph London.
Proceeds from the gift shop fund a number of programs including annual scholarships, Breakfast with Santa, and projects and equipment for the hospital, including the PowerFlexx lift.
About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health was formed when two major Kentucky health care organizations came together in early 2012. KentuckyOne Health combines the Jewish and Catholic heritages of the two former systems – Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System. In late 2012, the organization formed a partnership with the University of Louisville Hospital | James Graham Brown Cancer Center. The nonprofit system is committed to improving the health of Kentuckians by integrating medical research, education, technology and health care services wherever patients receive care. KentuckyOne Health has more than 200 locations including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies, with nearly 15,000 employees across the state of Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is the largest health system in Kentucky.