Improving Communication for Hospitalized Patients, DCMH Foundation Contributes Funds for Tablets
Delta County Memorial Hospital Foundation Board of Directors approved an expenditure to fund tablets for inpatients to use at Delta County Memorial Hospital to improve patient’s ability to communicate with family outside the facility. Four tablets were purchased and equipped with popular conferencing applications for patients to communicate with family.
To reduce the number of people in the hospital and the possibility of spreading COVID-19, DCMH is limiting visitors.
Julie Huffman, Chief Legal Officer at DCMH says, “The current COVID restrictions prevent most of these patients from having visitors in their rooms, and many do not have the necessary technology to have video communication with families.”
DCMH Foundation began a COVID-19 Response Fund in the Spring with contributions from individuals, local businesses, church groups, and two grants from El Pomar Foundation's San Juan Regional Council. The funds, totaling almost twelve thousand dollars, supplied hundreds of masks to essential workers, Nitrile gloves to DCMH, and tablets to aid in communication.
“This is what the Foundation is set up for,” says Kerstin Kimbriel, Foundation Board of Director, “It has been awesome to be able to give back to our community in such a time of need. People should never have to be alone while they are sick, and this is making a huge difference for patients.”
Delta County Memorial Hospital Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 whose mission is to inspire generosity and support remarkable care for our community through DCMH.