Club donates $1000 toward a DXA machine
The Cottonwood Lions Club recently made a $1,000 contribution to St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics towards the purchase of a DXA machine. According to the letter submitted by the hospital to the club, the DXA machine is being requested by our physicians to provide better care to our patients. It is used to check for osteoporosis and other diseases which can affect the thickness of the bones. Bone density is of special concern for elderly patients. Many older women, especially, suffer from thinning bones and are then at risk for hip and other fractures.
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, about half of women and a quarter of men over the age of 50 will have osteoporosis-related fractures in their lifetimes. One in five people who get hip fractures require long term care afterwards.
“The Lions Club members feel it is important to financially support our hospital and keep up with the necessary equipment so our doctors will stay here and continue to practice,” said Carl Schmidt, Treasurer. Schmidt has also served as the Cottonwood Lions Club President for two terms and as zone chair for five terms. He was involved in banking for 37 years in both Cottonwood and Nezperce. “Our club put in the hospital’s helipad and continues to keep the white cross painted for ease of landing. Just last week I saw it was used two nights in a row.”
Once it is purchased the scanner will be installed in the area currently occupied by the Cardiac Rehab program which will be moving to the room across from the chapel.
“It will be great to have a DXA scan machine locally because it will help in identifying pathology early to help prevent fractures,” said Don Murphy, SMHC Physical Therapist and Lions Club member. “Earlier diagnosis can lead to better treatment and a healthier life for our patients. Plus, they’ll avoid a commute because they won’t have to leave the prairie for this valuable screen. We certainly appreciate the generosity of the Lions Club.”
The club has also provided monies for the ambulance fund and gave a generous donation towards furnishing the current Cottonwood Medical Clinic building.