St. Luke's Jerome staff raise money for swing bed room

Published: Nov. 10, 2018 at 2:38 PM MST
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Employees at St. Luke's Jerome chipped in to make a dream, a reality for their patients.

The staff raised more than $17,000 to purchase equipment for a new swing bed facility right inside hospital doors.

The room will help patients re-learn some simple life skills or regain strength to complete tasks like get out of bed themselves.

“When the lights go on in their head their like ‘I can do that by myself now’ it's just fun and so that's why I got into physical therapy, I just love it every day,” said Lon Egbert, physical therapist.

Prior to this room, the therapy had to be done bedside, which meant a lot of times there were distractions, plus patients rarely got to leave their room for a change of scenery.

“The staff in Jerome as well as the hospital staff as a whole is great but here in Jerome they really have a grassroots caring about the people they work with,” said Terry Rowe, with the St. Luke’s Health Foundation. “These are people they go to church with the people they drive down the street and wave at during the day.”

87% of employees gave money and their PTO toward the project.

“This will be able to give them that opportunity to communicate with others and help boost each other’s emotional support to get through the program,” said Shauna Donabedian, activities director.

The room was previously used to store medical records, but once the hospital switched to electronic records it became the perfect space for the new facility.

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