Trego Hospital Endowment Foundation, Inc. receives money from generous gifts and memorials. Those funds are used to purchase requested medical equipment for Trego County Lemke Memorial Hospital. Donor funds allow the Trego Hospital Endowment to continue to meet the health care needs of our community. Over the years, donors have funded more than $1 million dollars in renovations, services, scholarships, and equipment – equipment that our hospital would not otherwise have been able to purchase.
Every day our hospitals medical staff uses equipment purchased with donations to save lives; a seriously ill patient’s vital signs are monitored with equipment made possible through the generosity of donors like you; a patient’s care is made a little more bearable, right here in our community; and not having to travel out of town. There’s no question that donor dollars make a difference.
Mary Lou Harvey touched many lives. Her love of this community is realized through the benefits of the legacy she leaves with her Trust. $60,000.00 was received to purchase TCLMH equipment.
Here are some recently purchased items:
EGD Scope $38,000.00
What is an EGD? An EGD endoscope is a long, flexible tube about the size of your little finger. During the procedure, you are sedated and the EGD scope is passed through the mouth and back of the throat into the upper digestive tract, allowing the physician to examine the lining of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (the first portion of the small intestine). EGD can confirm abnormalities suspected by X-ray and detect others which are too small to be seen on X-ray. If the doctor sees a suspicious area, s/he can pass an instrument through the endoscope and take a small piece of tissue (a biopsy) for examination in the laboratory. Biopsies are taken for many reasons and do not necessarily imply cancer.
Treadmill & equipment for stress tests/cardiolytes–includes Holter monitor $28,000.00
Treadmill/Stress Test/Holter Monitor: The object of the Stress Test is to determine the health of the patient’s cardiovascular system by increasing the physical workload to the point where the patient needs to end the test. During the stress test, the cardiovascular tech records blood pressure and heart rate changes while the nurse observes the electrocardiogram to note any abnormal changes in the electrical activity of the heart. A Holter Monitor is a small, wearable device that records your heart rhythm. You usually wear a Holter monitor for one to three days. During that time, the device will record all of your heartbeats. The test is usually performed after a traditional test to check your heart rhythm when the (electrocardiogram) isn’t able to give your doctor enough information about your heart’s condition.
Defibrillator x2 $35,000.00
Defibrillation is the definitive treatment for the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias, ventricular fibrillation and pulse less ventricular tachycardia. Defibrillation consists of delivering a therapeutic dose of electrical energy to the affected heart with a device called a defibrillator. This depolarizes a critical mass of the heart muscle, terminates the arrhythmia, and allows normal sinus rhythm to be reestablished by the body’s natural pacemaker, in the sinoatrial node of the heart.
LTC Beauty Shop gets a Makeover
Memorials, Generous “Big Hearted” Donors, and Endowment Volunteers are giving the LTC Beauty Shop a makeover. A Hot Water Heater has been installed; door is being widened, adding mirrors and a lovely mural. There’s a whole body of evidence that points to a direct connection between our ability to relax and our physical well-being. For many of us, a trip to the salon or barber shop represents a little pampering, warm human touch, and a chance to see ourselves in a slightly different or new way, things we do to make ourselves feel better, happier and refreshed. Many, many hours are provided by LaVonne Weigel, and other volunteers, to bring a little kindness and dignity to our friends at LTC.
LTC Sitting Area receives New Furniture
The Trego Hospital Auxiliary provided funds for a new sofa. Local Donors provided the additional funds for 2 matching recliners.
The Trego Hospital Endowment Foundation, Inc. accepts contributions of all sizes in support of programs, equipment, endowment and capital needs. In today’s economy, with the number of uninsured and underinsured rising, our Hospitals needs are increasing. The endowment will do its part to provide the very best in health care for our community. Though your support of the endowment can assist the hospital and you with better care.
Endowment funds are carefully managed to protect the principal, which grows over time, to make increasing payouts to the mission of providing healthcare, equipment, and scholarships in Trego County. The perpetual nature of endowment funds allows you to express your lifetime values “through a gift that goes on giving” long after your lifetime.