Your Gifts in Action
With $1.4 million distributed during this past fiscal year for the people and projects of HaysMed, your contributions help build facilities, fund innovative programs, and equip our staff with state-of-the-art technology. Every day donors to the HaysMed Foundation impact the health of your family, friends, and community.
One of the most rewarding aspects of giving to the HaysMed Foundation is knowing that 100% of every gift is used to enhance healthcare services in western Kansas. In addition to the new projects listed below, your gifts continue to provide support for free drive-thru flu vaccinations, baseline concussion screening for area high school athletes, SANE clinical training, personalized resource guides for newly diagnosed cancer patients, a summer Kids Quest program, continuing education, and scholarships. These annual programs benefit our patients, visitors, community, and Associates. It is with sincere appreciation that we highlight a few new examples of your gifts in action.
New Childcare Facility
Thanks to generous contributions through the HaysMed Foundation, the Hadley Foundation, and the Dane G. Hansen Foundation a new state of the art childcare facility is conveniently located on the east side of HaysMed’s Center for Health Improvement. In addition, Nex-Tech has established an endowed fund to support the facility’s future needs.
The significant need for childcare has been a top concern for Hays and the region. A recent Ellis County Community Health Needs Assessment identified childcare options as a top 5 need. A survey completed by K-State Research and Extension identified a high percentage of people in the region would seek employment if they had access to quality childcare.
The HaysMed Childcare Center offers a safe and enriching environment that can accommodate up to 77 children ages 2 weeks to school age. The childcare center is a collaborative effort with Bright Minds Academy, LLC who oversees the management of the new facility.
Studies have shown that the use of iPads or other tablet devices can reduce perioperative stress without the need for sedatives, especially in children. Thanks to more than $20,000 in donations from friends of HaysMed, new iPads are in use throughout HaysMed in many ways including stress relief, patient education, and entertainment. We were also able to provide additional devices in our clinics and units to broaden access to a language line. This service ensures patients with language barriers receive the best care possible.
Medical Training Manikins
As technology advances, medical training manikins have become an essential tool for educating and maintaining the competence of healthcare providers in a broad range of clinical areas. Thanks to your gifts multiple manikins have been purchased to provide realistic, hands-on training.
Two manikins provide training in a wide range of pediatric lifesaving skills. Educating and improving competency with the manikins and accompanying technology helps educators implement training for a wide range of emergency skills including CPR, first aid, trauma, cardiac life support, and child abuse in a variety of settings.
A new chest tube manikin teaches the theory, anatomy, and skills needed to manage a chest trauma. Nurses can be thoroughly trained in the set-up, maintenance, clamping, and removal of a chest tube.
Two new central line manikins have replaced a unit that was at the end of its life cycle. The chest manikins are used throughout hospital departments to train nurses on central line placement and care.
Four new CPR manikins and complementary technology now provide real-time feedback. The technology in each manikin helps assess and address the caregiver’s resuscitation efforts.
In addition, first-time parents receive an Infant CPR Anytime® Training Kit during a prenatal visit. This program teaches basic CPR skills and choking relief and includes a personal manikin that allows practice for parents or other caregivers to also learn these lifesaving skills.
CinemaVision transforms the patient MRI experience by minimizing stress or the need for sedation. The system lets patients enjoy multiple entertainment options from standard video, television, or music while still allowing two- way communication with the technologist.
The entire nation is facing a shortage of board-certified, highly trained psychiatrists. Thanks to an estate gift from Lillian Schumacher, HaysMed is able to utilize telemedicine to address the psychiatric needs of our patients 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Thank You HaysMed Day
HaysMed Associates thoroughly enjoyed the second Thank You HaysMed Day thanks to sponsors: The Schmidt Foundation, Glassman Corporation (Joe and Linda Glassman), the Hadley Foundation, Gary and Mary Ann Shorman, and Women Who Lead (formerly known as Wonder Women League). The day featured a free meal from onsite food trucks, prize giveaways, and an overwhelming sense of gratitude. It was first held in 2022 to honor the work of all HaysMed Associates for their part in providing care for our region.
Coping with Holiday Grief
For those grieving the loss of a loved one, special days such as holidays can be especially hard. Thanks to memorials and other gifts the Hospice team was able to provide the “Coping with Holiday Grief” book to families. Additional gifts to Hospice help fund volunteer training, grief resources, and tools for our dedicated Hospice Associates.
An audiology booth designed to fit inside the existing ENT clinic was purchased to perform diagnostic audiology testing comfortably and reliably. The booth features sound isolation technology to create an exceptional environment for the most accurate assessments.
Pool Reel Storage and Swim Clock
As well as being fun, swimming is a great way to keep fit and a healthy activity that you can continue for a lifetime. Thanks to long time swimming enthusiast Dr. Lyle Noordhoek, the Center for Health Improvement has a new storage reel to allow easy, quick removal and storage of swimming pool lane lines, as well as a 36” convertible, portable pace clock.
The holiday season is a great time to visit HaysMed for a tour of the illuminated campus. New displays are added to the tour thanks to personal donations from the administration and leadership teams at HaysMed.