Volunteer Auxiliary Donates Vital Sign Machines

Vital Sign Monitors for K5 (1)The CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Lufkin Volunteer Auxiliary recently purchased vital sign monitors for two medical surgical units at the Lufkin hospital. The portable monitors provide nurses and nurse aids with accurate readings of a patient’s temperature, blood pressure, oxygen levels and more – all necessary information for understanding more of what is going on with the patient’s condition and improving his or her health while in the hospital.

Laurie Wood, RN; Sharonda Davis, US; Doris Harkness, Volunteer; Brenda Taylor, Director of K3; Don Newland, Volunteer Auxiliary President; Barbara Shea, Volunteer;Lance Jones, IT and Crystal Balch, CNA are pictured with two new vital sign monitors donated by the CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Volunteer Auxiliary on medical surgical unit K3.Vital Sign Monitors for K3

Don Newland, Volunteer Auxiliary President; Sonya Marzette, PCT; Doris Harkness, Volunteer; Lois Overshine, PCT; Viola Jenkins, CNA; Barbara Shea, Volunteer and Renata Caddell, PCT are pictured with two new vital sign monitors donated by the CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Volunteer Auxiliary on medical surgical unit K5.

About CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial

Memorial provides more than a quarter of a million patient services each year and has a longstanding history of providing quality, innovative health care in East Texas.

With hospitals in Lufkin, Livingston, San Augustine and Memorial Specialty – the area’s only long-term acute care hospital – CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial provides millions of dollars in charity care and community support each year.  Our mission is to nurture the healing ministry of the Church, supported by education and research.  Fidelity to the Gospel urges us to emphasize human dignity and social justice as we create healthier communities.

Memorial offers a wide array of services, including the area’s first dedicated heart and stroke care facility and
radiation oncology at the Temple Cancer Center. It is also known for the area’s only comprehensive diabetes, heart and stroke education center. Other specialty areas include imaging, orthopedic care, women’s services, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, homecare, wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy, kidney & diabetes treatment, sleep disorders treatment and express lab.

About Catholic Health Initiatives

Catholic Health Initiatives, a nonprofit, faith-based health system formed in 1996 through the consolidation of four Catholic health systems, expresses its mission each day by creating and nurturing healthy communities in the hundreds of sites across the nation where it provides care. One of the nation’s largest health systems, Englewood, Colo.-based CHI operates in 19 states and comprises 105 hospitals, including four academic health centers and major teaching hospitals and 30 critical-access facilities; community health-services organizations; accredited nursing colleges; home-health agencies; and other facilities that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care. In fiscal year 2014, CHI provided $910 million in charity care and community benefit — a nearly 20% increase over the previous year — for programs and services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. Charity care and community benefit totaled more than $1.7 billion with the inclusion of the unpaid costs of Medicare. The health system, which generated revenues of almost $13.9 billion in fiscal year 2014, has total assets of $21.8 billion. Learn more at www.catholichealthinitiatives.com.

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