Guild Grants $150,000 in Wishes

New Equipment Will Benefit Our Patients

NorthBay Guild volunteers once again proved to be generous benefactors when they voted to fund $150,000 worth of items on NorthBay Healthcare departments’ 2018 Wish Lists.

Guild volunteers worked hard in the gift shops and at Guild sales throughout the year to raise funds for the Wish List, according to Jane Hilliard, director of Volunteer Services. And, for the first time in several years, funds raised at the NorthBay Guild Golf tournament were rolled into the pot, so that more wishes could be granted. The value of granted wishes ranged from $600 to $35,000, Hilliard noted.

Among the granted wishes will be a hemodynamic monitoring device. This piece of equipment monitors critically ill patients and assesses their cardiovascular system and its response to tissue oxygen demands, and will be used on sepsis patients in the Emergency Department.

A new Sim Lab family member were also to be purchased with Guild Wish List funds. A 5-year-old pediatric simulation Manikin with wireless communication capabilities will join a mother, father and infant in the Sim lab.

Also coming soon to the Sim Lab, thanks to Guild funds, is a training defibrillator and crash cart.

It has an unusual name but will be a welcome addition to Labor & Delivery’s operating room. Guild members voted to fund a Thunderbeat ─ a device that allows a surgeon to simultaneously seal and cut vessels up to and including 7 mm in size.

Patient amenities for the Joint Replacement program and new recumbent bikes for Cardiac Rehab were among other items the Guild voted to fund.

“Thank you to the Guild Volunteers for all that you do,” noted Cynthia Giaquinto, Joint Replacement program manager. “NorthBay is truly fortunate to have such a dedicated, fun group.”

“Thank you, Guild volunteers, for your generosity in supporting the Simulation Center! We are very excited to proceed with purchasing the pediatric Manikin and creating simulations for our care providers,” said JoAnn Munski, director of nursing education and clinical practice development.

Making an Investment

Department Item Value
Cardiac Rehab NuStep Bike $3,675
Code Blue Wi-fi Cards for defibrillators (37) $8,000
Joint Replacement Patient amenities $5,000
Labor & Delivery ThunderBeat $14,000
NICU Kangaroozak $10,000
Nutrition Services Hydraulic Hand Dynamometers $750
Outpatient Rehab Wheelchairs, walker, commode $600
Patient Experience Day Passes to HealthSpring Fitness $1,500
Pediatric P.T. Assorted therapy equipment $1,150
Perioperative Services Hydrothermal Ablation Machine $14,000
Physical Therapy NuStep T5 $5,995
Respiratory Services Smoking Cessation Training $4,000
Sepsis Steering Com. Hemodynamic Monitoring Equip. $35,000
Simulation Lab Training Defibrillator, Crash Cart $23,900
Simulation Lab Pediatric Manikin $21,955