At the August board meeting of the Saint Mary’s Foundation, the board of community leaders and physicians approved funding ten programs totaling nearly $300,000. Below outlines the various programs that received funding:
- Face to Face with Cancer Patients – $15,960: Funding to support the purchase of a wheeled stool in each patient room so that staff may easily wheel the stool to sit near the patient, inviting a personal, warm relationship between the patient and physicians, chaplains, social workers, and case managers.
- Cognitive Deficits Associated with Breast Cancer and its Treatment – $48,678: Funding to support a study to explore the source of this phenomenon of cognitive impairment, sometimes called “chemo-brain.” Fifty-four women undergoing treatment for breast cancer will be enrolled in a study to assess cognitive changes that occur during and after treatment. This is a first step in building an oncology-neuroscience research team that can work effectively together on future collaborative projects.
- Perioperative Music Medicine – $16,000: Nurses in Surgical Services and Anesthesia desire to organize a program in which patients receiving spinal anesthesia, monitored anesthesia care or sedation would be given a mobile device and disposable ear buds so that they can listen to the music of their choice before, during, and after their procedure. Funding to support these efforts.
- Baby Friendly USA at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s – $14,200: Neonatology is seeking national designation as A Baby Friendly Hospital. This initiative is a WHO and UNICEF certification centered on indisputable research regarding the benefits of maternal breast milk feedings on the short and long term health of infant and mother. It is a comprehensive, innovative, initiative that supports mothers in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. The team has been working on this for about three years and has completed phase I, Discovery. Funding to support the next three phases: Development, Dissemination, and Designation.
- Thermoregulation for Premature Infants During Transport – $30,000: Each year 50-75 extremely low birth weight (ELBW) infants are transported from Mercy Health Muskegon to Mercy Health Saint Mary’s. In the frigid winter temperatures of West Michigan, current isolettes fail to protect these vulnerable, fragile infants from cold stress and hypothermia. Funding will support the purchase of a TS Med 200 N (Tecotherm Neo) that is designed to control body temperature of sick and compromised babies while in transport. Reducing cold stress and hypothermia will decrease mortality and morbidity of ELBW infants.
- Simulation Training to Reduce Hospital Acquired Infections – $6,448: The goal is zero hospital-acquired infections. To improve outcomes and quality care, Saint Mary’s Professional Development Specialists (PDSs) have a goal of training and assessing the competency of every RN (both new and experienced) on proper technique of catheter insertion. Funding will cover this training.
- Characterization of gastrointestinal dysfunction associated with Parkinson’s disease – $65,000: About 50% to 90% of Parkinson’s Disease (PD) patients suffer from debilitating gastrointestinal problems. They often consider these symptoms to be more detrimental to their quality of life than the primary motor symptoms of PD. Dr. Manfredsson and his team have completed preliminary work that shows overproduction of alpha syn-nuclein in the gut and published a scientific paper recognizing Saint Mary’s Foundation as the funding source. This study will ultimately show this paradigm as being the first model of PD-related GI dysfunction.
Patient Phone Use on PMU – $13,870: Funding to support the purchase of a phone to be placed in a locked cabinet of each patient’s room so that patients can speak privately on the phone with designated family and others.
- Blanket Warmers – $6,625: Funding to support the purchase of a large blanket warmer in the current in-patient holding bay area and place the smaller warmers strategically in the department so there is always one nearby for a technologist to get for a patient without having to leave them unattended for a long period of time.