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Holyoke Medical Center Receives Funding From Holyoke HealthCare Center

2013 Holyoke HealthCare CenterHolyoke Medical Center is pleased to announce and thank Holyoke HealthCare Center for a recent donation in the amount of $4,810. The donation was made possible by the generosity of Holyoke HealthCare Center, a member of National HealthCare (NHC) and its philanthropic arm, The Foundation for Geriatric Education (TFGE).

The donation will help participants in a five-day “Boot Camp” for people recently diagnosed with congestive heart failure (CHF) that will be offered through the multi-agency “Cross Continuum Team” consisting of Holyoke Medical Center, Holyoke HealthCare Center, The Care Center, Holyoke Visiting Nurse, and Renaissance Manor. The funding will provide “Boot Camp” participants with large number bathroom scales to weigh themselves everyday.

“Monitoring weight is a very important part of the self-management process for patients with CHF”, said Cherelyn Roberts, Holyoke Medical Center manager for the State Action on Avoidable Rehospitalizations Program. “Any change in weight could signal the need for medical attention so these scales are crucial and will help patients be a stronger partner in their care. The goal is to help people avoid unnecessary hospitalizations and stay at home where they want to be,” said Roberts.

Holyoke HealthCare Center Administrator Thomas Accomando explained that the funding provide by TFGE was raised locally through events such as car washes, bake sales and tag sales held at Holyoke HealthCare Center along with personal donations. 

“The teams here at Holyoke HealthCare Center and NHC are proud to assist in educational related projects for our community involving the care of our elders thus continuing the philosophy of our Founder Dr. Carl Adams,” said Accomando.

Funding was also provided to Holyoke Medical Center for the purchase of a Resusci Anne QCPR Torso Mannequin with wireless skill recorder and carrier, a special training IV Arm for intravenous insertions into elderly patients with thinner skin and video equipment for recording educational sessions provided to Cross Continuum Team partners.

Photo: Holyoke HealthCare Center presents a check in the amount of $4,810 to Holyoke Medical Center for geriatric educational programming. Left to right: HMC President & CEO Spiros Hatiras, HMC Education & Training Manager Carlene Bailey; HHCC Director of Nursing Mary Walas, HMC STAAR Program Manager Cherelyn Roberts, and HHCC Administrator Thomas Accomando.