Auxiliary Gift Supports Nursing Equipment Purchase for UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown

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Auxiliary gift supports nursing equipment purchase for UM SMC at Chestertown: Kathy Schlesner, RN, preceptor (right) teaches Melanie Walls, RN, how to use the Vascular Doppler.

Auxiliary gift supports nursing equipment purchase for UM SMC at Chestertown: Kathy Schlesner, RN, preceptor (right) teaches Melanie Walls, RN, how to use the Vascular Doppler.

The Chester River Hospital Center’s Auxiliary, led by Naomi Blackshire, president, has made a generous $800 donation to the Chester River Health Foundation designated to fund the purchase of a hand-held Vascular Doppler for the inpatient nursing departments at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.

According to Mary Jo Keefe, RN, director of nursing at the hospital, “The Vascular Doppler is a vital tool that functions much like an ultrasound. It assists in the evaluation of any vascular disease and helps identify blockages by measuring a person’s pulse in his or her extremities to determine the effectiveness of the body’s blood circulation. This equipment is used quite a bit in the Critical Care Unit and when someone has a heart attack, and we greatly appreciate the gift that has enabled us to acquire a new one.”

This Unit of the Auxiliary, which was formed in 1959, raises funds to support patient care services at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown and has donated nearly $29,000 in recent decades.

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