Do you remember the last time you bent over to lift something or reached out and twisted the wrong way? If you’re like me, you haven’t forgotten the pain. Sometimes no matter how careful we are, our bodies just don’t handle the strain. Now imagine placing your body at risk like that every day in your chosen career.
When Tina needed to lift a patient, she didn’t realize she was about to become a troubling statistic. The patient was over six feet tall and weighed more than 200 pounds, so Tina did what nursing schools and hospitals across the country teach: she gathered a few colleagues, and they lifted the patient as a team. In Tina’s words, “And as we swung him up onto the bed, I felt something pop.”
According to the Department of Labor and Statistics, more than 35,000 nursing employees injure themselves every year as a result of moving or lifting patients who are unsteady on their feet or immobile.
“It is critical that we practice safe lifting for both our patients and our staff,” says Jackie Ethier, MS, RN, Director of Inpatient Services and Safe Patient Handling Team Co-Leader. “Having more mechanical lift equipment available at Cheshire Medical Center will help ensure our patients and nursing staff are safer, reducing the potential for injury, while maximizing clinical outcomes.”
As a nonprofit hospital, Cheshire Medical Center relies on the generosity of people like you. Community and employee giving help the Medical Center provide a broad range of specialty medical services and maintain high standards for patient safety. Today, we are asking the our Employees to come together around an important need – to help Cheshire Medical Center purchase mechanical lifting equipment to benefit our patients and caregivers. Patient care lifts will ensure everyone – patients and staff – are safe and comfortable. Your donation will support our commitment to providing you with exceptional patient care, close to home.
Your support moves us closer to our mission of providing clinical and service excellence, collaboration, and compassion for every patient, every time.
An investment in Cheshire Medical Center is an investment in your community. Won’t you please show your support today?
Employees are encouraged to participate via a payroll deduction; it’s an easy way to Give!. Please forward your payroll deduction form it in a confidential inter-office envelope directed to Jim Boden, Development Office. Note – your gift will be evenly divided across the remaining paychecks through December 31, 2018.
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If you have any questions, please contact me at ext. 6810 or at email@example.com.
Thank you for helping us care for our community!
– Jim Boden
Director of Annual Giving