Hospital Foundation Raising Funds for CCU Monitors
Hospital Foundation Raising Funds for CCU Monitors

Hospital Foundation Raising Funds for CCU Monitors


Photo caption: Valerie Schalk, WMH’s Vice President of Nursing and Quality (back from left), met with Dr. Keri Harris, Chief of Staff, and Coronary/Critical Care Unit nurses Jennifer Frey and Kim Boes (front) to discuss the installation of the new patient monitors at the nurses’ desk and inpatient rooms. Because of their importance, the purchase of the CCU patient monitors is the priority project for the Wyandot Memorial Hospital Foundation’s annual campaign.

New patient monitors are needed at Wyandot Memorial Hospital, and the WMH Foundation has pledged to help fund updated equipment for the Coronary/Critical Care Unit (CCU).

“Our current CCU monitors were purchased in 2012 and parts to repair them are becoming obsolete,” explained Valerie Schalk, WMH’s Vice President of Nursing and Quality. “They were truly the best monitors available at that time, but the latest ones we selected modernize the technology of care even more.”

Schalk said the new system for CCU includes bedside monitors, a central station at the nurses’ desk and wireless ambulatory vital signs transmitters.

“The wireless transmitters are about the size of a cell phone and we’ll use them during the time a patient is away from their room for in-hospital imaging studies and surgical or special procedures,” she noted. “The transmitters maintain a complete patient record for easy download into the bedside monitor upon return to the room.”

The nursing staff collaborated with bio-medical engineering, information technology and anesthesia providers in choosing the Nihon Kohden monitoring system based on its user-friendly approach and the brand’s continued educational support. Dr. Keri Harris, WMH Chief of Staff, supported their decision.

“The features of the new monitors dramatically improve our patients’ safety,” she emphasized. “This important purchase aligns with our focus on keeping the patient in the center of everything we do.”

Dr. Harris said the WMH Foundation selected CCU monitors as its 2019 annual campaign priority project to commemorate the unit’s 50th anniversary. Retired family physician Dr. D.P. Smith was instrumental in the 1969 creation of the special nursing unit designed to care for patients with heart-related issues. The CCU is now used by any critical patient in need of cardiac monitoring and intense care by nursing staff.

Schalk echoed Dr. Harris’s appreciation of the innovative and dedicated efforts of Dr. Smith and the nursing staff.

“I had the great pleasure to work with Dr. Smith and many of the first nurses who were sent for special coronary training,” Schalk pointed out. “They were certainly pioneers in rural heart care and unselfishly shared their knowledge with us.”

She added that she remembers celebrating the CCU’s 25th anniversary, as she had just started working at WMH in the CCU and ER.

“I looked at a picture from 1994 of Dr. Smith with nurses Ene Leonard, Wilma Winter and Sue Derr, and couldn’t help but chuckle at the size of the central station monitor,” Schalk laughed. “It was huge – about the size of a microwave – compared to our current flat screen at the nurses’ desk and our even smaller, more compact monitors coming early next year.”

Dr. Harris encouraged donations in any amount to the CCU monitor project. She indicated the WMH Foundation is a Section 501(c)3 nonprofit and contributions may qualify as a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes. The annual campaign donors are recognized in the newspaper and the hospital newsletter mailed to every household in the county.

“Please consider putting our hospital at the heart of your charitable giving this year,” she suggested, “for together we can have a great impact on many of our friends and neighbors … and maybe even ourselves if we’re hospitalized.”

Donations may be mailed to the public relations office at the hospital. For more details, phone 419-294-4991, extension 2268, or email