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Nurse Kylie Sauter (left) and Patient Care Technician Haleigh Gensburg (right) with their department's new vital sign monitors.

Donors improve patient care

August 24, 2018

Staff and patients at Sanford Bismarck Same Day Surgery are benefiting from donor support in a big way.

Each of the program’s 29 patient rooms now features a digital vital sign monitor, made possible by a general endowment fund grant from the Sanford Health Foundation West Region. Since the new monitors were installed, caretakers can work more efficiently and deliver a better patient experience.

“Our goal is making our patients’ stay here the best it can be,” said Sharon Malm, director of inpatient nursing at Sanford Bismarck. “We’re so grateful to have the Foundation supporting our strive to be the best at providing quality care.”

Before the new monitors, nursing staff used free-standing blood pressure monitors, pulse oximeters and thermometers, which were shared between patient rooms. Each staff member would spend 10 to 15 minutes collecting vital signs and manually recording each measurement to transcribe in the patient’s OneChart.

With the new monitors, mounted conveniently in each patient room, the process takes half the time and results are automatically recorded in patients’ charts.

“Until you experience a day in our shoes and see the difference this improvement makes, you’ll never realize how appreciative we are to receive this support,” Malm said.

Gifts to the Foundation’s general endowment fund give Sanford’s leadership the flexibility to distribute philanthropic gifts toward areas of greatest need, whether related to patient care, research or education.

“The Foundation does a number of things throughout the hospital that make this a better place for our patients and our community,” said John Emerson, inpatient clinical care leader at Sanford Bismarck. “They provide an integral resource for the hospital and its important needs that can help us improve our efficiencies, customer service and really take our care above and beyond.

“We can’t speak highly enough about the Foundation and how important it is to our mission of providing the highest quality care.”

Consider supporting the general endowment fund with your gift today! Your generosity will support the area of greatest need in our region.

Requests for funding

The Sanford Health Foundation is currently accepting applications for general endowment grants. All departments within Sanford Health West Region are eligible to apply for funding.

Projects, if approved, will be funded through donor philanthropy. As such, fund requesters must provide project updates. Applications are reviewed quarterly at Foundation board meetings.

For more information about the application process, contact the Foundation at (701) 323-8450.