Digital whiteboards bring vital information to the patient and family at the bedside in real time and in a concise fashion. The care team names (in English or Spanish) with their roles and photos, tests ordered, diet information and discharge status, are on display for easy understanding.
The Need: $200,000
Art Therapist for Behavioral Health Patients
Since 2014, more than 2,900 patients have received art therapy services while they are waiting for a psychiatric evaluation, with an average of 80 percent reporting an improvement in symptoms such as a better mood and heightened concentration. Patients can focus more quickly after an art therapy session, giving them the ability to meet face-to-face with a mental health clinician an average of two hours sooner than normal. The Sameth Emergency Department’s behavioral health team seeks to continue this very important function. This position is funded solely by philanthropy.
The Need: $70,000
HemoSphere Advanced Monitoring Platform
While working in the Sameth Emergency Department, especially in the trauma bays, time is critical for our medical staff. HemoSphere is an advanced platform that monitors blood flow helping to guide medical staff in a range of clinical decisions. With this device, serious medical situations can be detected before they occur and provide insights into the root causes so that swift action can take place for optimal patient outcomes.
The Need: $50,000
Expansion of Charge Nurse/Ambulance Entrance Area
The charge nurse runs the command station for the department and needs a full unobstructed view of patients coming in through the ambulance entrance. Renovations are needed to create an open floor plan, which will allow ambulatory patients to be transferred more quickly.
The Need: $26,000
Medication Room Expansion
Expansion of the medication room is needed to allow for faster service, to meet infection prevention standards and to provide space for additional pharmaceutical interventions to be available for patients in need of these services. This expansion would entail bumping out one wall in the current pharmacy room to provide additional space in the medication area.
The Need: $20,000
Staff Break Room
The break room is an important place for medical staff to rest. The current space is loud and crowded, with foot traffic from the entire Sameth Emergency Department team including physicians, nurses and technicians. Our goal is to renovate the area into a tranquil oasis that is conducive to recharging spirits so that our staff can better focus on optimal patient care.
The Need: $15,000
Patient Transfer Scales
When a stroke patient arrives at the Sameth Emergency Department, taking their weight is imperative before lifesaving interventions can take place. Patient transfer scales are designed to accurately measure a patient's weight when medication is required. The scales allow staff to weigh immobile patients in a comfortable and non-obtrusive manner.
The Need: $5,000 per scale
Adult and Pediatric Crisis Activity Carts
Engaging patients who are in a mental health crisis with recreational and art activities is a proven strategy for reducing angst and creating a sense of calm. Often, a behavioral health patient enters the Sameth Emergency Department in an agitated state of mind. Resources available on the Adult and Pediatric Crisis Activity cart, that medical staff can grab at a moment’s notice, help to stabilize chaos and bring peace in a highly charged environment.
The Need: $5,000
Sameth Emergency/Trauma Department Education Fund
Four years ago, Bob and Sue Sameth started a continuing education program for medical staff in the emergency department. This fund augments the yearly continuing education dollars that are provided by Atlantic Health. It is a very popular program and many nurses have returned to school to obtain an RN, BSN, APN or other certification. We do seek additional funds for this very worthwhile purpose.
The Need: $ 25,000
If you have any questions, or if you would like to support a funding need for the Emergency Department, please contact Susan Johns, major gift officer, at 973-593-2413.
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