The Edgerton Hospital Capital Foundation (EHCF) is pleased to announce that it was recently awarded a $100,000 grant from the Wisconsin Public Service Commission Telecommunications Medical Equipment Grant Program for enhanced digital x-ray equipment. The Foundation has currently raised $123,000 for this equipment, but will need to raise an additional $225,000. The EHCF is asking for the community’s support to help match the grant and allow for this needed resource to be available locally.
Edgerton Hospital CEO Jim Schultz says that this grant has come at a crucial time. “This is exciting news for Edgerton Hospital, as we continue to look at improved technology to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19. Our patients expect high quality care, and that’s what we are committed to providing. We appreciate the support of the Wisconsin Public Service Commission in recognizing this important need,” said Schultz.
In the midst of a pandemic such as COVID-19, it is more important than ever before to be able to offer the highest quality diagnostic tools. As patients present in the emergency department with respiratory symptoms, especially those related to COVID-19, they will likely require chest x-ray imaging. Critically ill patients will need chest x-ray imaging to aid in the intubation processes, as well as to diagnose pneumonia and other complications. Edgerton Hospital’s radiologists work 24/7 to interpret these x-rays, so it’s crucial that the images be of the highest detail and be sent with prompt speed. Not only is this new x-ray equipment essential to identifying COVID-19, but it will also be used to diagnose and treat a myriad of other conditions.
Edgerton Hospital recently upgraded its portable x-ray equipment to the newest technology, and is now eager to continue the process of updating the equipment in its fixed room. The current x-ray room equipment is aging and repair parts are becoming increasingly difficult to find. While it still functions appropriately and meets our patients’ needs, it’s important to look towards the future in an effort to continuously improve.
Donations can be made directly to the Edgerton Hospital Capital Foundation, Attn: Bonnie Robinson, 11101 N. Sherman Rd, Edgerton, WI, 53534, or online. The Foundation is also hosting a virtual run/walk event, Hustle for our Healthcare Heroes, from August 12 to September 12. The cost to participate is $30 and includes a t-shirt. All proceeds from the event will help to match the grant, while directly supporting our frontline healthcare workers. Registration information can be found here.
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