TCMH Receives Grant from Network

Texas County Memorial Hospital recently received more than $4,000 from the Children’s Miracle Network to purchase items needed for pediatric patients.

The TCMH emergency medical services department received $1,975 to purchase five Broselow/Hinkle pediatric emergency bags. These color-coded bags will be placed in each hospital ambulance for medical use on children who have emergency resuscitation requirements. The emergency department will outfit each bag compartment with the appropriate supplies.

The color-coding on the bags enables emergency personnel to quickly locate the exact supplies needed for a medical emergency. Patients are measured with a color-coded tape that corresponds with the colors on the bag.

The medical surgical department received a pulse oximetry machine, which measures the amount of oxygen in the blood with sensors for infant and pediatric patients. A handheld pulse oximeter is $7,750

TCMH has also received $2,000 to use toward the purchase of a $4,810 pediatric crib, if purchased by the end of 2007. The hospital is seeking the additional funding needed to purchase the infant crib.

“These grant funds are used to purchase the extra things that specifically benefit our pediatric patients,” said Wes Murray, chief executive officer at TCMH. “We truly appreciate Children’s Miracle Network and the grant funding they have provided this year and in previous years.”

In 2007, CMN awarded grants totaling $917,000. The money to fund the grants is raised through donations from individuals, businesses and special fund-raising events. Funds raised locally remain here for the benefit of area children with medical needs.

The Houston Wal-Mart Supercenter raises money locally for Children’s Miracle Network.

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