The Guild donates $74,000 for hospital initiatives

Special to The Log
Members of the Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Volunteer Guild.

The Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Volunteer Guild recently donated $74,000 to fund several capital projects at the hospital. Each year, the Guild invites hospital departments to apply for grants, and this year’s efforts funded seven pieces of equipment, including:

• A bladder scanner ($11,500) for the Intensive Care Unit to assess urinary retention, evaluate urological condition, and help prevent unnecessary catheterization in patients.

• A new vaccine refrigerator ($6,516) for the pharmacy.

• A special machine for the blood bank ($7,730) that washes red blood cells prior to testing, thereby increasing efficiency and safety.

• A handheld ultrasound device ($9,800) that enables physicians to view internal organs within seconds.

• A new EKG machine ($15,260) that allows clinicians to rapidly assess patients with signs of a heart attack.

• An electrosurgical system ($16,980) that provides electrosurgical cutting, coagulation and vessel sealing.

• A zero-gravity mobile arm support for rehabilitation ($6,153) to aid patients with upper body mobility and lifting.

Funds are raised through the hospital’s Gift Shop sales and proceeds from the annual Emerald Coast Duck Regatta. The hospital’s Volunteer Guild is comprised of 350 members, all volunteers who give their time and efforts to support the needs of the hospital and raise awareness in the community. Many Guild members have been a part of the hospital since it’s opening in June 2003.

“I can honestly say it is the support and work of our volunteers that makes Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast unique,” said Dr. Nancy Churosh, Emergency Department medical director. “It is one of the primary reasons physicians choose to practice here.”

In 2015, the Guild also supported funding for staff education, 10 college scholarships, tuition reimbursement for eight staff members, certification testing for five associates, and mission service needs to the community such as prescription payment assistance.

“On behalf of our hospital departments who benefited from the Guild’s capital funding, I want to express our sincere thanks. The quality of our healthcare is measured by the quality of our volunteers,” said Roger Hall, president. “Each of you has added to the success of our mission to bring quality healthcare to the Emerald Coast.”