Grants Given

Examples of Equipment Provided by the Foundation to Advance Excellence at CRMC

Refresh-A-Room Enhancement Campaign: $2,800,000
The CRMC Foundation raised $2,800,000 to enhance and upgrade each patient room and guest area to meet standard of care requirements, while creating a more modern designed area to facilitate a more relaxed, less-clinical-feeling environment.

Emergency Department and Cardiovascular Services: $6,000,000+
In its most ambitious project to date, the CRMC Foundation raised more than $6,000,000 to create an enhanced and expanded Emergency Department and Cardiovascular Services Center. In addition to reducing the time to treatment for emergency patients with 12-lead EKG systems on-board all CEMS ambulances, the CRMC Foundation is also ensuring the construction/expansion of a state-of-the-art Emergency Department and delivery of the latest cardiovascular imaging technology for cardiovascular patients at Cullman Regional Medical Center.

Flat Panel Television: $475
To help ease the stress of waiting on loved ones in the diagnostic imaging environment, the CRMC Foundation purchased a flat panel television for viewing in the imaging waiting room at Cullman Regional Medical Center. Since many diagnostic imaging tests can take several hours for completion, this small, but meaningful gift can make all the difference to the loved ones waiting for imaging to be complete.

ARJO Standing and Lifting Chair: $7,800
To allow Rehabilitation Department caregivers to work with in-patients throughout CRMC for in-room physical therapy, as well as therapy to help the patients ambulate and recover from their respective illnesses, the CRMC Foundation purchased an ARJO Standing and Lifting Chair. Because therapy is needed throughout the environment of care - and not just in the rehabilitation department - this technology allows for a safer and easier rehabilitation experience for patients in many stages of recovery.

Therapeutic Ultrasound Machine : $1,500
To allow Home Health nursing staff to perform therapeutic treatment on home-bound patients for recovery of specific conditions, the CRMC Foundation purchased a therapeutic ultrasound machine for the Home Health Department at Cullman Regional Medical Center. The use of this system is invaluable to patients who are unable to travel for their continued care.

Non-invasive Ventilator: $23,400
To help prevent ventilator-acquired pneumonia in respiratory-compromised patients, the CRMC Foundation purchased a non-invasive ventilator for the Respiratory Care Department at Cullman Regional Medical Center. This technology allows caregivers to provide much-needed respiratory care without creating additional risk of pneumonia that can result from traditional ventilator use.

Nintendo Wii Systems: $900
To allow pediatric and adult physical rehabilitation patients optimum movement options, the CRMC Foundation purchased Nintendo Wii gaming systems for CRMC Rehabilitation Centers. Through the use of games vs. traditional rehabilitation therapy, patients enjoy a better overall experience while regaining balance, hand-eye coordination, memory and problem-solving skills, and decision-making skills.

Dash 2500 Pediatric Apnea Machine: $4,700
To allow Pediatrics caregivers to monitor their young patients' vital signs and to monitor for sleep apnea, the CRMC Foundation purchased the Dash 2500 Pediatric Apnea Machine. This gift brings the latest technology used to monitor the special needs of pediatric patients.

Ice Maker: $2,900
To provide additional comfort to families of pediatric patients, the CRMC Foundation purchased an ice maker for the Pediatrics Department at Cullman Regional Medical Center. Adding this small touch allows parents to stay with their loved ones rather than leave the room for needed refreshments.

Papoose Board System: $365
To allow hospital professionals to insert IVs in some the hospital's smallest patients, sometimes a little assistance is needed. Papoose Boards allow caregivers to perform needed procedures without additional stress to the patient from multiple "sticks."

Pediatric Positioning Device: $3,500
To allow CRMC Diagnostic Imaging personnel to safely x-ray pediatric and infant patients, the CRMC Foundation purchased a pediatric positioning device for Cullman Regional Medical Center's Diagnostic Imaging Department. This system prevents accidental movement by young patients that might necessitate repeat imaging. It also eliminates the need for parents and staff to hold children still and remain in the imaging field during x-ray procedures.

Stereotactic Breast Biopsy System: $108,000
To allow for less-invasive breast biopsy procedures for women, the CRMC Foundation purchased a stereotactic breast biopsy system for Cullman Regional Medical Center's Women's Diagnostic Imaging Center. This system enables physicians to effectively and efficiently perform stereotactic procedures.

12-Lead Electrocardiogram Systems: $135,000
To facilitate real-time transmission of critical patient cardiac information from the field to the Emergency Department and its emergency medical professionals, 12-lead electrocardiogram systems have been implemented onboard all CEMS ambulances. CEMS is the official 911 emergency services provider for Cullman County and the surrounding area. When every moment counts--the "Golden Window" for optimal treatment outcomes--this technology helps to save precious time and lives.

GE Medical Fetal Monitoring Systems: $32,600
GE Medical Systems' complete line of fetal monitoring systems are designed to support both prenatal and labor and delivery environments. By bridging high-tech and high-touch, GE provides flexibility and immediacy in assessment and documentation of vital maternal and fetal parameters to ensure a personalized birthing experience.

Hill-Rom® Affinity Birthing Beds: $17,852
Hill-Rom’s Affinity Birthing Bed is designed for the combination of safety and ease-of-use. Through its special features, caregivers are no longer required to lift and remove the foot section during delivery. Designed with comfort to moms in mind, extra thick, gentle air mattresses address patient comfort and satisfaction.

Site-Rite® Vascular Access Ultrasound System: $18,100
For patients who require extended IV therapy for serious illnesses, the insertion of a peripherally inserted central venous catheter (commonly called a PICC line) can provide fewer potential complications and cost vs. the chest placement of a central line and higher patient satisfaction. The CRMC Foundation purchased the Site-Rite Ultrasound System to enable CRMC healthcare providers to easily and quickly locate veins for PICC line placement. This technology is proven to increase the success rate of PICC line placement from the national average of 50% without ultrasound to 90% with its use.

Philips Medical Systems IntelliVue Cardiac Monitoring System: $65,000
Together with CRMC, the Foundation helped to purchase a Cardiac Monitoring System for the CRMC Emergency Department. The Phillips IntelliVue Cardiac Monitoring System provides unprecedented clinical decision support and information access via continuous cardiac monitoring from the bedside and real-time transfer of information to a central information center at the nursing station. Installation provides cardiac monitoring in all ER rooms including 2 trauma monitors with EKG capability.

Hill-Rom AIRPAL® Patient Transfer Systems: $8,520
AIRPAL patient transfer systems are designed to reduce the risks associated with patients and caregivers when moving patients from their beds to stretchers or other areas of the hospital. AIRPALs dramatically reduce back injuries for caregivers and allow fewer people to reposition patients, while improving patient comfort at the same time. Patients may even remain on the Patient Positioning Pad for all ancillary procedures, including radiology, CT scan, radiation therapy, heart catheterization, physical therapy, labor and delivery, OR and ED.

Hill-Rom® TotalCare SpO2RT® Pulmonary Therapy System Bed: $32,039

The Hill-Rom TotalCare SpO2RT bed was installed in the Critical Care Unit of CRMC in March of 2006. This special bed allows caregivers unrestrained access to patients and provides programmable therapy modules to assist with often time-consuming pulmonary therapies. These modules offer continuous lateral rotation therapy (CLRT) and percussion and vibration therapies to aid in the prevention and treatment of pulmonary complications related to patient immobility.

Diagnostic Ultrasound BladderScan® Bladder Scanner: $10,695
This special scanner allows the healthcare provider to measure patient bladder volume in a non-invasive, comfortable manner for the hospital patient. This device prevents unnecessary catheterization, reduces infection, assists in managing incontinence, and helps diagnose bladder dysfunction.

Kodak® EasyShare Z760 Digital Camera: $250
This camera is used by Home Care Services to enhance documentation related to wound appearance at specific intervals of care. Usage relates to all wounds, including non-healing surgical wounds and decubitus ulcers. Photo documentation enhances and provides distinct descriptive characteristics of bed wounds and surrounding tissues, enhancing the standard of care for the homebound patient.

Arterial Core Thermometers: $850
Two of these special thermometers were purchased for outlying CRMC clinics (Addison, Hanceville). The Arterial Core Thermometer is a handheld device that scans across a patient’s temporal artery to give an accurate core temperature without being invasive and upsetting to children.

Portable Pulse Oximeters: $1,725
These four portable oximeter units were purchased for Home Care Services. Portable Pulse Oximeters are used to read the capillary oxygen saturation level of homebound patients. Their use allows Home Care nurses to accurately determine patient oxygen saturation levels.

ARJO(r) Treatment Chair: $5,831
The ARJO treatment chair opens and converts to a stretcher that can be raised to the height of a hospital bed. It is used to help caregivers transfer patients from bed to bed, or from bed to chair without injury to themselves or the patient.

Respironics Synchrony Clinical CPAP/BiPAP Unit: $2,900
This additional Respironics Synchrony CPAP/BiPAP unit will be used as an auxiliary unit to help avoid scheduling changes that might result from required maintenance of the existing unit.

Arterial Core Thermometers: $1,700
Four arterial core thermometers were purchased for CRMC (two for the Nursery and two for Pediatrics).

Cybex Fly Equipment: $2,398
The Cybex fly machine was purchased for Wellness Services to aid patients who need to enhance their upper body strength. All CRMC pulmonary patients may benefit from using this machine.

X-Boxes, Carts, TVs, Games, and Movies: $1,640
Two carts furnished with X-Boxes, games, movies and televisions were provided to the Pediatric Unit at CRMC for use by our pediatric patients. These devices can aid in the healing process by helping patients focus on objects and activities that are unrelated to their illnesses. They also help to alleviate fear and boredom in our younger patients.

Fluidotherapy Unit: $5,295
The fluidotherapy unit is a specially designed fluidized tank that combines the precise control of dry heat, temperature, and airflow to promote skin desensitization and limb buoyancy. This unit is used by physical and occupational therapists on patients with extremity problems such as arthritis, RSD, and fractures.

Diabetic Foot Kit with Doppler: $750
The diabetic foot kit with Doppler functionality is used in wound care by physical therapists to measure the percentage of oxygen saturation and blood supply to extremities. It can help caregivers determine the progress of a healing wound.

Medtronics Automatic External Defibrillators: $42,000
Automatic External Defibrillators have been proven to save the lives of those suffering from heart failure if used in a timely manner. These devices are user-friendly and completely automatic. Eighteen units were placed throughout CRMC’s five rural health clinics and in 13 area high schools.

Tetratone II Microprocessor Audiometers: $2,025
Microprocessor audiometers are screening devices that are used to test hearing at both high and low frequencies and at different decibel levels. Three such units were placed in CRMC’s satellite health clinics and allow practitioners to detect hearing deficits in children and adults.

Phototherapy Lamps: $3,390

Phototherapy lamps are used in treating newborns that need lower bilirubin levels. One lamp was placed on the pediatric floor, and one was placed in the nursery of the hospital.