donated to hospital
The Berklund Foundation has generously donated towards the purchase of two continuous monitoring pulse oximeters for St. Mary’s Hospital.
“The pulse oximeters are particularly important for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which is not uncommon with our elderly patients,” said Faunda Butler, respiratory therapist for SMH. “They feel better when their oxygen levels stay stable.”
SMH did not have enough meters for all their beds and would need to borrow one from other specialized machines; like the ones in the cardiac rehab department. These meters will stay on the hospital floor which will ensure the availability of one when needed.
In the past the Berklund Foundation has donated towards the purchase of newborn bilirubin assessment tools, newborn cribs, a newborn warmer, radiology viewing screens, cryotherpay equipment, a patient exam table and reception area furniture for the clinic. Dave Berklund is a native of the Cottonwood area and was born at St. Mary’s Hospital. The Berklund Foundation is based in Greenacres, Washington.
Donna Main is employee of the month
The Customer Service team at St. Mary’s Hospital selected Donna Main from the Kamiah Clinic as the March Employee of the Month.
Donna began her career with SMH in January of 1995; when asked why she chose this profession is stated; “This job kind of chose me, I started out cleaning the clinic and was asked if I would like to do some filing and the jobs just kept coming as the clinic grew.”
Like many employees at SMH Donna's job entails a lot more than just one or two duties; she checks in patients, files, does the bank deposits, answers phones and is in charge of the mammogram schedule. “I try to help with whatever anyone needs help with,” commented Donna.
“I like working at SMH because I like the people I work with, they are all hard workers and work well together and I have a great supervisor. I always felt SMH was a great place to work and very family oriented,” said Main.
“Donna is always available to do whatever job needs to be done without complaining, she is a working machine, reliable, and has compassion for the patients. I love that I get to work with her; we couldn’t do our job without her. Donna keeps the structure solid and in place so everything else can run smoothly,” commented a co-worker.
Donna graduated from Kamiah High School and still lives in Kamiah. When asked about her hobbies she said, “My grandkids, they are the only hobby I can handle.”