Bedford Lions Club Purchases Supplies For Local Hospitals To Fight COVID-19

(BEDFORD) – The Bedford Lions Club recently facilitated a $10,000 emergency grant from the Lion Clubs International Foundation which enabled two Lawrence County hospitals to purchase supplies to fight COVID-19. 

Pictured left to right: IU Health Bedford Hospital President Brad Dykes, Bedford Lion Secretary Jan Allen, PDG and LCIF MD 25 Chairperson Gary Ochs, and Manager of Clinical Nursing Baili Campbell

Bedford Lions Jan Allen, Judy Heichelbech, Laura Williams, and Past District Governor Gary Ochs researched and wrote the grant application with the approval and assistance of District Governor Sheryl Schafer and District Treasurer Richard Kaiser.

More than 250 IU Health team members and all visitors to IU Bedford Hospital will be impacted by the new personal protective equipment and respiratory hygiene stands which were purchased with its $5,000 of the LCIF grant.

“The funding from this grant will have a long-term impact on our overall disaster supplies,” said IU Health Bedford Hospital President Brad Dykes, FACHE, MHA, MBA. “This grant positively impacts our overall stock thus allowing our team members to have immediate access to critical equipment needed to provide excellent and safe care to our patients.”

St. Vincent Dunn Hospital has purchased $5,000 worth of specialized respiratory monitoring equipment, the Masimo Rad 97 with Radius PPG. Up to 100 patients daily can be monitored instantly and continuously, whether stationary or moving about the room. This will be utilized for COVID-19 patients as well as children with RSV. Indirectly all clinical staff will benefit from the Masimo Rad 97 with Radius PPG. The upgraded equipment will give staff remote monitoring, require less PPE to enter rooms multiple times, and enhance overall patient care and outcomes. It will give clinical staff critical patient data at a glance.