May 23, 2011

Grant Awards ER Equipment to Harrington Healthcare at Hubbard

WEBSTER Mass. - May 23, 2011 - Harrington HealthCare at Hubbard has been awarded $10,000 from the Janet Malser Humanities Trust for equipment to further enhance its Emergency Room at 340 Thompson Road.

"Our Emergency Room here in Webster is a focal point for medical care for the communities of Webster, Dudley, Douglas and Oxford, in addition to other towns in South Central Massachusetts and Northeastern Connecticut," said Pam Zouranjian-Connor, Administrator. "While our long-term vision is a completely remodeled Emergency Department, we are in need of a few upgrades now to better accommodate our 12,000 visits per year."

The two pieces of equipment Harrington will purchase with the grant money include a Stryker Premiere Series Stretcher and a Spacelabs monitor.

The stretcher is part of a comprehensive package with a built-in scale to weigh patients, which will be utilized to accommodate those unable to stand by obtaining an accurate weight within 3 percent of a patient's body weight. This bed is critical need, especially for cardiac and stroke patients who may be unable to ambulate. In both of these emergent cases, an accurate weight is necessary to determine appropriate doses of medication.

The Spacelabs HealthCare monitor, to be stationed in the Triage Room of the ER, will be utilized as part of our electronic medical record system to provide easy access to patient information to all clinical staff, both on the Webster and the Southbridge campuses.

Janet Malser was a lifelong Dudley resident, a Bartlett High School graduate and a member of many organizations in the area. When she passed away in 2007, she directed much of her money be used to fund a charitable trust supporting the humanities solely in the towns of Dudley, Oxford and Webster.

"We are so appreciative of Janet Malser's family and the Trustees for recognizing the importance of these pieces of equipment," Zouranjian-Connor said. "Mrs. Malser was a generous and wonderful individual. We are honored to have received this grant in her name."