receives Kissler Family Fund grant
St. Mary’s Hospital recently received a grant from the Kissler Family Fund. The monies have been combined with a grant received earlier from the Steele Reese Special Project Fund to purchase a chemistry analyzer for the SMH lab. Both funds are administered through the Idaho Community Foundation.
The new equipment will be used to monitor patients for blood levels of carbon monoxide. CO poisoning can occur when non-electric sources are used for heating homes, boats and vacation cabins, especially when the area is not properly ventilated.
SMH 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 Idaho Community Foundation, the Kissler Family Fund and the Steele Reese Special Project Fund for these grants,” said Pam McBride, CVHC/SMHC Grants Coordinator. “Their generosity means we’ll be better prepared when a patient arrives with possible carbon monoxide poisoning. Our staff will be able to access immediate results and begin treatment in a shorter amount of time. The more services we can provide locally, the better it is for our patients.”