Foundation to purchase stress test unit for hospital
April 30. 2013 1:35PM
Dell Rapids Community Hospital Foundation has pledged support for the purchase of a new cardiac stress test unit to be obtained by Avera Dells Area Hospital this summer.
The state-of-the-art medical equipment is vital in the diagnosis and ongoing management of heart disease and related conditions, said Lindsay Flannery, Avera Dells Area Hospital administrator.
A cardiac stress test unit is used to measure the heart’s ability to respond to external stress in a controlled clinical environment. The unit includes a treadmill, electrodes, monitor and software. Patients being tested walk on the treadmill at increasing levels of difficulty while heart rate and blood pressure are monitored, as well as electrocardiogram activity.
Since the Foundation was established in 1997, approximately $210,000 has gone toward purchasing medical technology for Avera Dells Area Hospital. In 2012, the Foundation purchased a bladder scanner.
“The mission of the Foundation is to help purchase equipment to provide our local hospital with the latest technology in order to benefit patients,” said Elouise Skatvold, president of the Dell Rapids Community Hospital Foundation. “Heart disease is a leading health threat in our area of the country, and so we’re pleased to be able to help our hospital provide state-of-the-art diagnostic technology.”
Foundation funds are raised in various ways, including memorial gifts, the annual “Roses Just Because” fundraiser, and holiday campaign in which donors can honor loved ones on the Angel Tree, she said.
“We thank all those who support our programs throughout the year, so that we can in turn use these monies to benefit local patients,” Skatvold said.
“We are grateful to the Foundation and the donors who make these gifts possible. The Foundation places top priority on helping us stay technologically up to date. Thanks to these gifts, our patients benefit greatly, as do our physicians and staff,” Flannery said.