receives grant funds
St. Mary’s Hospital recently received a grant from the Steele-Reese Foundation Special Project Fund through the Idaho Community Foundation. The funds will be used to help purchase a chemistry analyzer for their lab. When used, the equipment will monitor patients for blood levels of carbon monoxide.
According to Pam McBride, SMH grants coordinator, having an analyzer on site will gain valuable time when treating patients. “People in this area are at higher risk for carbon monoxide poisoning because residents and vacationers are more likely to heat with propane, wood or other non-electric heat sources. If there is not adequate ventilation they may need immediate medical care. ”
SMH will also be contributing towards the equipment purchase. They will share training and testing supply costs with Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. CVH’s chemistry analyzer was purchased through a different funding source.
“We’re extremely grateful to the Steele Reese Special Project Fund and the Idaho Community Foundation for this grant,” said Casey Meza, CEO. “Our goal is to provide as many services as possible within our communities so people will not have to drive long distances to receive the care they need. This is one more item we can begin providing locally so people can stay closer to family and friends during a medical situation.”