St. John's Medical Center and St. John's Medical Center Foundation
have together provided 42 new state-of-the-art beds for the hospital's
Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Primary Care Unit (PCU). The new beds, manufactured
by Stryker, replaced beds that were on average 15 years old.
"It's really remarkable how technology is enhancing care on every
level in healthcare today," says St. John's Medical Center CEO
Pam Maples. "Today's modern hospital beds provide many features
that I wouldn’t have even thought a bed could provide," she added.
The new beds automatically turn patients to promote circulation. In addition,
a special percussion feature helps maintain or improve lung function.
Other advanced features include a lower height for easier access and reducing
falls, built-in alarms, built-in scale, built-in stand assist program,
and a specialized mattress material to dramatically decrease pressure
ulcers, commonly known as bed sores.
"Our community's generosity makes it possible for St. John's
Medical Center Foundation to help provide for the purchase of important
equipment and technology, such as these new beds," notes Liz Finegan,
St. John's Foundation Executive Director.