Foundation pays for new radio
A $52,000 check from the Sierra View Hospital Foundation will enable the hospital to purchase new radio equipment to better communicate with ambulance and paramedics in the field.
On Friday, leaders of the Foundation were on hand to give the check to hospital CEO Donna Hefner and Sierra View Board of Directors Chairman Kent Sorrells.
“The Foundation is such a great supporter of the hospital,” said Hefner.
With the money, the hospital plans to purchase a CAREPoint Workstation, which is new radio equipment that will better tie the hospital’s emergency department with those in the field. The equipment, which has been ordered, will replace a communication system which is 20 years old and not up to date.
The new system includes monitors which will alert emergency room staff to incoming messages. ER nurses are going through special training, as are physicians to learn protocols of the paramedics in the field, said Shey Moore, clinical manager of the emergency room.
“We hope to have it in place within the next couple of months,” she added.
Moore said ambulance traffic continues to increase.
“The call volume has increased significantly,” she said. Sierra View receives patients from all over the county, but predominately from Lindsay to Ducor.
“This is really going to help us in an area where most organizations struggle — the communication with paramedics,” said Hefner.
The new system will eventually allow the hospital to get real-time vitals from patients, rather than a paramedic reading the vitals over the air.