OCH Aux­il­iary gift funds new equip­ment for Car­diac Re­hab pro­gram

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OCH Car­diac Re­hab re­cently re­ceived new equip­ment thanks to a $30,000 gift from the OCH Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter Aux­il­iary. The do­na­tion funded the pur­chase of five arm er­gome­ters and ad­justable tables and five NuStep ma­chines.

“We are hon­ored to make this con­tri­bu­tion to the car­diac re­hab depart­ment,” said OCH Aux­il­iary Pres­i­dent Mary Ann Liv­ingston. “As aux­il­iary mem­bers at our lo­cal hospi­tal, we view our ef­forts as a com­ple­ment to what the hospi­tal is al­ready do­ing to give back to the com­mu­nity and pro­vide the high­est level of care to the pa­tients.”

Jor­dan Vance, OCH Direc­tor of Car­diac Re­hab, said the new equip­ment pro­vides a bet­ter ex­pe­ri­ence for the pa­tients.

“The equip­ment we were able to pur­chase is more user­friendly with ad­di­tional fea­tures that make each ses­sion more com­fort­able for our pa­tients. The tables for the arm er­gome­ters are ad­justable and the seats for the NuStep ma­chines swivel 360 de­grees mak­ing it eas­ier for pa­tients to get on and off of the equip­ment,” ex­plained Vance. “We're also able to track each pa­tient's progress more ef­fi­ciently and thor­oughly by mon­i­tor­ing watt us­age, calo­ries burned, cy­cles com­pleted and meta­bolic lev­els reached.”

Vance said the new equip­ment plays a vi­tal role in the su­per­vised ex­er­cise pro­gram for those who have ex­pe­ri­enced ill­ness as­so­ci­ated with car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease in­clud­ing heart fail­ure, an­gio­plasty, chest pain, heart at­tack, coronary by­pass surgery, stents, valve re­place­ment and heart trans­plant. While arm er­gome­ters strengthen the arm and chest area and are es­pe­cially ben­e­fi­cial for pa­tients who have un­der­gone open heart surgery, the NuStep ma­chine works the en­tire body to in­crease the heart rate and build stamina. The NuStep ma­chines even have a vir­tual “pace part­ner” that the pa­tient can race against, adding an el­e­ment of com­pe­ti­tion and fun for the pa­tient.

“We're so ap­pre­cia­tive of the aux­il­iary's gen­eros­ity and sup­port to­ward our pro­gram. This is the sec­ond gift in re­cent years from the aux­il­iary to the car­diac re­hab depart­ment with the last do­na­tion pro­vid­ing funds for a new teleme­try sys­tem. This pro­gram is ul­ti­mately about im­prov­ing our pa­tients' qual­ity of life and by in­vest­ing in this topof-the-line equip­ment, the OCH Aux­il­iary is a part of that,” Vance said.

“Our goal is to give back to the hospi­tal in as many ways as we can whether it be through vol­un­teer­ing our time or host­ing fundrais­ers,” said OCH Direc­tor of Vol­un­teer Ser­vices Lauren Gardner. “We're grateful to the in­di­vid­u­als who sup­port our fundrais­ers and pur­chase items in the aux­il­iary gift shop be­cause that's how we're able to make th­ese gifts.”

In ad­di­tion to pur­chas­ing new equip­ment, the OCH Aux­il­iary also do­nates gift bags for pe­di­atric pa­tients through­out the year, pro­vides crafts for swing bed pa­tients and awards schol­ar­ships to stu­dents pur­su­ing a de­gree in the med­i­cal field.

The next fundraiser is sched­uled for Thurs­day, June 21 from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the OCH Com­mu­nity Room and will in­clude items for pur­chase such as com­forters, tow­els, sheet sets, blan­kets, cur­tains and more.

Those in­ter­ested in join­ing the car­diac re­hab pro­gram should call (662) 615-2625 for an ap­point­ment. The pa­tient's physi­cian will then be con­tacted for ap­proval and to ob­tain nec­es­sary med­i­cal records. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit och.org/car­diac-re­hab.

OCH Car­diac Re­hab Direc­tor Jor­dan Vance, RN, (left) ac­cepts a $30,000 do­na­tion from OCH Aux­il­iary Mem­bers (L to R) Waanda Lee, Icy Hen­drix, Reather Boyd and Suzanne Dres­sel. The gift was used to pur­chase five new arm er­gome­ters with ad­justable tables and five NuStep ma­chines. (Cour­tesy photo)

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