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2013 Foundation Impact 

In 2013, thanks to our many generous donors, St. Mary’s Foundation made distributions and commitments of $986,959 for equipment and initiatives at St. Mary’s.  Your gifts help improve the patient experience and support the staff in their work of providing exceptional health care. 


Examples of 2013 Distributions and Commitments include:

Safe Patient Handling (SPH) Initiative Phase I
Nurses are at very high risk of injury due to patient handling activities such as lifting and repositioning patients. SPH phase 1 reduced caregiver injuries, while patients benefit through this respectful, safe and comfortable approach to patient handling and mobility. 

MedCarousel – Pharmacy
Patients will be further protected by a new MedCarousel in the hospital pharmacy which significantly reduces the potential for dispensing errors by interfacing with the electronic medical record and requiring verification from the pharmacist.

Interface Imaging – Airstrip Cardiology
This technology is used to securely send high quality diagnostic EKG images to physicians; a great improvement over a fax, email or text image.

CardioHelp System
The world’s smallest portable heart-lung support system can help save a patient’s life byreplacing or supporting a patient’s circulation and respiration gaining valuable time for clinicians to evaluate, diagnose and treat a critical patient. 

Defib Biphasic – Cardiac
Defibrillator replaces the use of multiple monitoring devices by providing End Tidal Carbon Dioxide monitoring which is crucial during procedures.

Cardiac Symposium
The first ever Dean & St. Mary’s Cardiology Symposium with the Experts was held on Saturday, October 19.  The symposium featured Dr. Rick Nishimura and Dr. Carol Warnes from Mayo Clinic Cardiology and Dr. Mario Goessl, Dean Cardiologist.  Cardiologists and their teams from South Central Wisconsin were in attendance for this informative session shared with colleagues from our health care neighbors. 

Nursing Scholarships
St. Mary’s Foundation awarded more than $30,000 in nursing scholarships made possible through named endowment funds including Nurses Shaping the Future, Sister Mary Jean Ryan, Leona Grubb, Madison Emergency Physicians, Dr. William and Alice Kopp, Anne Bormett Dardis, St. Mary’s Auxiliary and the St. Mary’s Alumni Scholarship.

Electric Exam Chairs
Dialysis patients at St. Mary’s Renal Center are feeling the benefits of new state-of-the-art therapeutic chairs that lead to a smoother dialysis session and safer treatment. 

Fixed Room EEG system – Neurosurgical
This long term EEG monitoring equipment placed in a patient room frees up space and eliminates the potential safety hazard of portable units. 

Care Center Activities Fund
To enhance the residents’ quality of life through activities and new equipment, funds were used to host guest musical performances and produce the annual resident play in addition to purchasing multiple xBoxes, iPads, and new televisions.

Adult Day Health Care Center
A new vital signs machine, automated external defibrillator, washing machine, refrigerator, new floor coverings, and a technology upgrade including a laptop, projector and screen were all purchased to help St. Mary's Adult Day Health Center provide the best day-long care for adults who need assistance with personal care, or the activities of daily living. 

Heater-Cooler System
The heater-cooler system is necessary to heat and cool patients during complex cardiac procedures. 


New Glidescope - Emergency Department
The new Glidescope machine features HDTV-capability to provide greater visualization to assist with airway management/intubation by displaying a higher quality video picture of the airway.

New Walkers
The walker inventory was replenished with a variety of walkers specifically sized for children and petite adults, in addition to walkers with seats for our cardiac patients who need the ability to stop, have a seat and rest.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation System - Pediatrics
Giving patients this inhaled gas during a short procedure will have a mild sedative effect thereby reducing anxiety and reducing discomfort.  Often patients recover more quickly with fewer side effects than with other methods of sedation.

Employee & Patient Assistance
Through the Pastoral Care Department, St. Mary’s Foundation provides grants for employees at St. Mary’s Hospital or St. Mary’s Care Center who have experienced financial emergencies and have exhausted other sources of assistance.  In addition, the Foundation works with departments such as Care Management, NICU and Oncology each year to provide appropriate convenience items to patients and families undergoing prolonged treatment or an extended stay, and assistance to patient for an adequate and safe discharge.


The fundraising efforts of St. Mary’s Auxiliary’s generously supported the purchase of item such as Penguin Milk warmers, Pacemakers, Breast Pumps, Fetal Monitor and NICU Hearing Screeners, and more as a part of the 2013 Foundation Disbursements.


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