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Donation to Saint Joseph Berea Provides Comfort to Patients in Wheelchairs
Hospital patient makes donation that improves blood draw process
Berea, Ky. (November 7, 2016) – Saint Joseph Berea, part of KentuckyOne Health, has received a donation that is helping provide convenience and comfort to patients in wheelchairs.
Emogene Hogg-Hartman is a patient and member of the Patient Family Advisory Council at the hospital. Hogg wanted patients in wheelchairs to be more comfortable when having blood drawn in the outpatient lab, so she donated $1,000 to the Patient Family Assistance Fund to purchase a MarketLab wheelchair blood draw station, also known as a wheelchair phlebotomy arm.
The new wheelchair phlebotomy arm provides a convenient answer to blood-drawing procedures when the patient is confined to a wheelchair. It includes a wall-mounting station, which makes it quick and easy to perform blood draws on patients in wheelchairs. The phlebotomy arm is folded down in front of the patient, providing them the proper position to have blood drawn. In the past, patients sometimes had to be moved out of the wheelchair to have blood drawn. This new phlebotomy arm is now making the blood draw process more streamlined for patients.
“We are thankful for this donation, which helps ensure that patients in wheelchairs will be comfortable while visiting our hospital and having blood drawn,” said Scott Thompson, director of operations, Saint Joseph Berea. “Making sure patients are relaxed and at ease while at the hospital is a top priority for us, and this blood draw station is will continue to help patients at Saint Joseph Berea in the years to come.”
Photo information: Phlebotomist Cassondra Alexander assists Emogene Hogg-Hartman with the new wheelchair phlebotomy arm.
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KentuckyOne Health, the largest and most comprehensive health system in the Commonwealth, has more than 200 locations including, hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies in Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is dedicated to bringing wellness, healing and hope to all, including the underserved. The system is made up of the former Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System, along with the University of Louisville Hospital and James Graham Brown Cancer Center. KentuckyOne Health is proud of and strengthened by its Catholic, Jewish and academic heritages.