Trinity Health Foundation provides funds for the development, renovation, and maintenance of facilities. In addition, the Foundation purchases new equipment and invests in the latest technology to best meet the health and wellness needs of the people in the region.
This past year ICU/PCU/Medical/Surgical/PEDS/Mom Baby and NICU all received Vein Viewers from the Trinity Health Foundation. These Vein Viewers allow all nursing staff to visualize the veins in patients and determine whether the vein viewed would be an ideal vein in which to start an IV. Prior to having this piece of equipment, nursing staff would have to palpate for veins and hope that when they punctured the skin with the needle, they would be able to get in the vein. The Vein Viewers are user friendly. One patient stated, “When I have IVs started on me, you usually have to call a paramedic.” Another patient getting an IV started with the Vein Viewer was amazed at the device itself and how easy it was for the staff to start an IV. The patient did not have to be poked more than once. We continue to hear many positive comments throughout the units about this device. With this device staff can better serve the patient and make the procedure a more pleasant experience.
Pediatric Broselow Code Cart
This year, the Pediatric Unit at Trinity Health received funding from the Trinity Health Foundation for a new Pediatric Code Cart. The Broselow Code Cart has color-coded drawers that correspond to the Broselow Tape Measure colors, a methodology that has become an industry standard for emergency treatment of children, according to their size. This new color-coded system will save time in emergencies and make sure pediatric patients receive the appropriate dosages of medication and other treatments based on their height and weight.
The Trinity Health Foundation provided the Speech Therapy department with a state-of-the-art VitalStim Plus unit and training to enhance dysphagia treatment therapy. The department provides advanced dysphagia treatment to individuals to improve swallowing functions (to advance diets and liquid consistencies). We have had a 71% success rate of improving swallowing ability, and the VitalStim company indicated an 80% success rate from a large independent study. Some patients started this treatment after a recommendation of no food orally due to high risk of aspiration, and have advanced back to regular food and thin liquids. Parkinson’s disease, Myasthenia Gravis, generalized weakness, and head and neck cancer are some of the dysphagia conditions treated. The VitalStim Unit is used in venues such as outpatient, inpatient rehabilitation, and home health. We are so fortunate to provide this advanced technique to benefit our community.
This past year, the Foundation funded an audiometer for the Speech Therapy department and the Autism Diagnostic Team. This tool enables our department to complete hearing screenings to determine if further audiological assessment is warranted. Hearing loss can significantly impact speech and language development, so early detection is crucial. The audiometer has been an important tool to add to our assessment process and helps provide gold-standard care to our patients.
Retina Laser System for Trinity Regional Eyecare
Trinity Health Foundation provided a new retina laser for use at Trinity Regional Eyecare. This new retina laser is used almost daily in Minot to prevent blindness by treating diseases such as retinal tears and diabetic retinopathy. By having this retina laser in Minot, the existing retina laser was able to be relocated and is now used to prevent blindness for our Devils Lake patients. Many of these patients have expressed gratitude that they can receive timely treatment in Devils Lake without urgent travel or experienceing a delay in their retina care.
Fundus Camera and A/B Scan for Trinity Regional Eyecare – Western Dakota
Trinity Regional Eyecare – Western Dakota upgraded its fundus camera and purchased a new A/B Scan with the help of the Trinity Health Foundation. The upgrade to the software on the camera has aided in improving the patient testing time. The A/B scan, a required test that is performed prior to cataract surgery, ensures that the correct lens is implanted during the surgical procedure.
Kenmare Community Hospital
This past year Kenmare has received from Trinity Health Foundation a wound surface mattress, medication and treatment carts, and funds to build a garage. The wound surface mattress was very essential for swing bed residents. It provides the necessary care for our residents who need this specific mattress to ease some discomforts they might have otherwise had without it. The medication and treatment carts replaced ones that were old and dated. The funds for the garage provided greatly needed storage space and flexibility. It also ensures compliance with State Guidelines.
SonoSim Ultrasound Training Tool
Trauma Services received money to purchase a SonoSim Ultrasound training tool. The American College of Surgeons has updated requirements for Trauma Surgeons and ER physicians. This tool will help Trinity Health to be compliant with the expectation of FAST exam training. These providers are working to complete the assigned courses before the Trinity Trauma Reverification in the summer of 2019. This training will help them to identify life threatening bleeding in the chest and abdomen, thereby expediting the transferring of the patient to the operating room for hemorrhage control and life-saving intervention. The hands-on tool is located in the Angus Cameron Medical Library.
CrossFit Kids Equipment and Adaptive Exercise Equipment
Trinity Health Foundation approved funding for equipment for Trinity Health’s Exercise Physiology team so they could begin a CrossFit Kids and CrossFit Teens program. These training classes, designed for children ranging from 3-17 years old, offer something that did not exist in our community and was requested by our current CrossFit members, as well as others in the community. Trinity Health Foundation also purchased an Apex Challenge Circuit 7000 Workout Machine for Trinity Health Exercise Physiology at the Minot Family YMCA. This machine suits a variety of purposes and is specially crafted to provide paraplegic and quadriplegic users with the means to a complete workout. The machine allows those with varied arm and hand strength to perform at a comfortable level with little to no assistance.
To help prevent patient falls and injuries, Trinity Hospital installed a new technology, the AvaSys® TeleSitter® system. This technology provides nursing staff the ability to monitor and converse remotely with patients who are at high risk of falls or other safety monitoring needs. Trinity Health Foundation helped purchase some of the machines that are in use. Danaka Walz, RN, BSN, director of Clinical Excellence and Patient Safety, says data from the first year of usage at Trinity Hospital show that the TeleSitter system has been a key factor in achieving 97 fewer patient falls – a reduction of 46 percent. “These results are encouraging and we look forward to continued improvements in the future,” Walz said. So far, the system has been useful in monitoring patients with delirium, seizures, and confusion; it has also been helpful in maintaining the safety of lines and tubes.
Core Remodel and Beds for Trinity Homes
With help from Trinity Health Foundation, Trinity Homes remodeled ‘The Core.’ This large, open space is the living room for Trinity Homes’ residents and loved ones who come to visit them. The Core provides residents and their families with the opportunity to leave their room and floor of residency to experience a larger community, view various forms of entertainment and presentations, and soak up more natural light. This space is used daily by families for seasonal parties and gatherings. It is also used by the Trinity Homes Activities Department for group events that keep residents active and engaged. Many residents also come down to view the fish in the aquarium or birds in the aviary. The Core is connected to two large outdoor patios to enable residents to go outside and experience nature. Trinity Health Foundation also funded 25 new beds to enhance the residential experience provided by Trinity Homes.
Manikins for Training
Trinity Health Foundation purchased full body manikins and CPR manikins for Trinity Health. Manikins are used for LUCAS compression device training, Bag Vale Mask training, and placing defibrillation pads/AED pads on manikins for simulation of patient care. The manikins are also used for training as part of the Trauma Nursing Core Course. Manikin practice and training help staff become more confident in real life situations, and enhances staff’s knowledge and confidence, thus creating a safe environment for patient care.
Other departments that received funding from Trinity Health Foundation for facilities and equipment:
- Home Health and Hospice
- Behavioral Health
- Emergency Trauma Center