Hospital Foundation Helps Purchase Patient Beds
Hospital Foundation Helps Purchase Patient Beds

Hospital Foundation Helps Purchase Patient Beds


Wyandot Memorial Hospital nurses Denise Silcox (seated) and Matt Lortz (standing, from left) showed the new patient beds to WMH Foundation board members Andy Loose, Emily Wolfe and Joe D’Ettorre. The Foundation helped raise funds for the new beds with its annual campaign last fall. Silcox and Lortz noted the bed status indicators located at the end of the bed and projected onto the floor (shown here in green) provide quick safety information. They said their patients have responded very favorably to the new features for improved communication with staff, too.

Patients at Wyandot Memorial Hospital are resting much more comfortably – and safer – with the new beds purchased this fall.

“Right away we experienced a decrease in patient falls,” reported Valerie Schalk, the hospital’s nursing and quality vice president. “Patients have been thrilled with the improved comfort, too.”

The hospital staff evaluated and tested several brands and models, and selected Hill-Rom’s Centrella® Smart+ bed for its key safety features and enhanced patient satisfaction components.

“This bed is designed to help keep patients safe with visual and verbal alerts,” Schalk noted.

She explained an image is projected onto the floor showing any needed alarms and the position of the bed and handrails so staff entering a room can quickly see their status. Easy-to-understand verbal safety prompts calmly caution patients with “please don’t get up” and “your care team has been called,” and warn caregivers of “brake not set” and “call light not connected.”

The beds also include motion-activated nightlights and illuminated siderail handgrips for guiding patients back to bed.

But do improved safety features compromise patient comfort? Not at all, according to Patient Experience Supervisor Jen Steinbaugh. She is hearing rave reviews of the beds from patients – a big change from the complaints she previously received for difficulty resting and sleeping.

“I am so glad to see that patients’ needs were considered in the selection of the new beds,” Steinbaugh shared. “One of my favorite new perks is the USB port for conveniently charging personal devices.”

There is also a storage area for personal items and reading materials, and automatic contouring to elevate a patient’s knees when the head of the bed is elevated.

Schalk said the purchase of new beds had been planned for several years, as the older beds were put into service in 2004 and parts to repair them were obsolete. The nursing staff was thrilled when the Wyandot Memorial Hospital Foundation selected new beds as the priority project for its annual campaign last fall. That effort raised more than $35,000 to help with the purchase.

“We are so grateful for the support from the community to help buy our new beds,” Schalk emphasized, “and overjoyed with the difference they are making every day for our patients’ safety and comfort.”

For more information about the beds or nursing services at Wyandot Memorial, contact Schalk at 419-294-4991, extension 2267.