Sacred Heart Volunteer Guild awards $73,000 in funding

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Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Gift Shop is staffed by volunteers. [SPECIAL TO THE LOG]

The Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Volunteer Guild awarded approximately $73,000 for four projects to enhance the quality of care at the hospital. Since the hospital opened in 2003, the Volunteer Guild has been an integral partner in providing high quality, compassionate care.

The Volunteer Guild raises funds through the hospital Gift Shop and the annual Emerald Coast Duck Regatta, where thousands of plastic ducks are adopted by the public and “race” across the pond at the Village of Baytowne Wharf in the month of October. The 250 volunteers who staff the gift shop, welcome desk, patient areas, and Duck Regatta give of their time and talents and have helped the Volunteer Guild generate about $750,000 to benefit the hospital and patients since its opening.

“Our community is blessed to have individuals who give of their time, talents and treasures to help patients at Sacred Heart Hospital,” said Jim Marasia, Guild president. “Together they make our community a better place to live.”

The recent funding will provide for the following enhancements:

1. Pediatric Resuscitation System for the Emergency Department

Critically ill pediatric patients represent a particularly difficult and stressful emergency room scenario. This new medication system will help expedite the process for delivering safe medications to our youngest patients.

2. Two Video Intubation Bronchoscopes for the Anesthesia Department

The new video bronchoscopes provide easier viewing of the airway and connect to a display screen for guidance, which is important for patient safety.

3. Transport Monitor for the Critical Care Department

When critical care patients need to be transported to other departments within the hospital for tests or treatments, this monitor can be independently used so there is no interruption in monitoring the patient’s vitals.

4. Multi-Sensory Room for the Pediatric Outpatient Rehab Department

This multi-sensory room is specially designed and equipped with unique items that provide various types of sensory stimulation to maximize the ability of children when development is interrupted by an injury or a disability, like autism. This room will be unique in our area.

The Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast’s Volunteer Guild would like to thank the community for their participation in helping generate the funds used to provide these needed capital projects.