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Foundation donates funds for system


Pictured (L-R) are Clare Chapman, Jane Spencer, Cindy Daly and Joe Cladouhos.

Pictured (L-R) are Clare Chapman, Jane Spencer, Cindy Daly and Joe Cladouhos. Contributed photo

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GRANGEVILLE — Jane Spencer, president of the Syringa Hospital Foundation, recently presented a check to Cindy Daly, director of nursing, for a new integrated hospital communication system. Daly thanked the Foundation board for quick action which came just as the old system was failing. She stated that the new system will improve patient safety, patient-to-staff, nurse-to-doctor, and staff-to-staff communication. She expects the system to enhance productivity, decrease response times, streamline workflow processes, and increase both patient and staff satisfaction.

Spencer emphasized the funding of $48,860, was made possible by the community’s support for Foundation events and activities—in particular the Festival of Trees and the Syringa Thrift Shop, stating “the thousands of hours of volunteer time donated in support of the festival and the shop are what made this funding possible.”

“On behalf of the Foundation Board, I extend our heartfelt thanks to the volunteers and the public, especially the Grangeville business community, for helping us fund continuing improvements at Syringa Hospital and Clinics,” Spencer said.

Joe Cladouhos, CEO of Syringa Hospital and Clinics, added that this new communications system, which should be operating by May 15, comes at a time when the hospital is installing a new 128 slice CT scanner and commencing the first major remodel of the physical buildings in about 20 years.

“As a 24-hour, seven- days per week critical access hospital, it is important that we make these changes to improve the quality of care we deliver, protect patient privacy, and improve patient satisfaction,” Caldouhos said. “These improvements, including the remodel which was made possible by a generous gift from the Orrin and Eleanora Webb estate, come on the 75th anniversary of Syringa Hospital’s founding in 1939.

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