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Posted: Oct 8, 2010  07:54

Levy Funds Spent For Hospital Beds


Tina G Wilson
Boundary Community Hospital
208-267-3141 x 324

October 7, 2010

Boundary Community Hospital recently received their shipment of new patient and resident beds that were purchased with the Hospital Supplemental Levy funds. Delivered in two shipments the arrival of the beds fulfills another project accomplished with the property tax dollars. Also delivered with the new beds were new mattresses.

The purchase of the beds and mattresses was a two-year process from evaluation to installation. The mattresses were chosen with special features to help prevent pressure wounds and give each individual a comfortable stay while in bed. There were two styles of beds purchased for the hospital for placement in separate areas of the hospital.

The first style purchased was the Stryker's GoBed II Med/Surg Bed. These beds are safe, simple to use by patient or caregiver and mobile. These beds were installed in the Acute Care Wing of the hospital. The beds may be wheeled easily to where they are needed but have a secure locking mechanism for safety. Adjustable in height and body position, the bed is easily accessed by the patient as well as the health caregiver. This adjustable feature will help to reduce the risk of falls and minimize the risk of caregiver injury.

The Extended Care Facility received Medline Long-term Care Beds. The residents in the ECF will benefit from beds that go as low to the ground as just over 7 inches. This ability to adjust each bed allows it to be placed at the proper height for each resident to get in and out of bed. Each bed comes with a battery powered back up its controls to be better prepared during evacuations or power failures.

The installation of the new beds was accomplished in a manner to cause the least amount of discomfort to patient or resident. "The transition was accomplished like a finely oiled machine. In syncopated rhythm the housekeeping and maintenance staff worked closely with the nursing staff so as to not disturb any patient or resident," Tari Yourzek, CRRN, Director of Inpatient Services.

Thank you, Boundary County, for supporting the supplemental levy and your Boundary Community Hospital. For more information about how your healthcare needs can be met locally visit our website:


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