Everett Buick GMC Presents Large Gift to Saline Memorial Health Foundation

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Everett Buick GMC is giving the foundation $50 thousand dollars. With February being American heart month, the hope is that this gift will draw attention to this company who is so generous to give from the heart. -KARK

“We want to invest in the future, in healthcare that’s close by,” says owner Susie Everett. “So we can get the best for us when were in the hospital, and we can get the best for our grandchildren. -KTHV

It wasn’t roses or chocolates, but a gift of $50,000 that made for a great Valentine’s Day for the Saline Memorial Health Foundation. Everett Buick GMC presented a $50,000 check to the Saline Memorial Health Foundation at a press event held at the hospital on February 14. Hospital staff, physicians, Board members and Everett representatives were all present for the check presentation and reception. Thank you to the Everett family for your generous gift that will enhance healthcare for Saline County!

Saline Memorial Health Foundation Dinner Planned To Honor Local Physicians

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Benton, AR (February 18, 2013)  -  The Saline Memorial Health Foundation is planning to host the 3rd annual Heart of Saline Recognition Dinner on Thursday, February 21, at Bishop Park in Bryant. The Foundation will be honoring the late Brian Sudderth and Melissa Dockery, both local physicians who passed away in 2012.

“The purpose of the Heart of Saline dinner is to honor individuals who have put community and others above themselves,” said Matt Brumley, SMH foundation director. “Both Dr. Dockery and Dr. Sudderth certainly did just that. Our community is a better place because of their service.”

Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Saline Memorial Health Foundation which supports the hospital’s mission of providing quality healthcare services to Saline County and surrounding areas. Over the past few years, the Foundation has helped raise funds to build the Hospice House in Bryant, to purchase cardiac monitors for the ambulance service and to provide cardiac medication to indigent patients. They recently started a $1.25 million facility renovation campaign.

“Dr. Sudderth and Dr. Dockery were respected, not just because of their excellent care for patients, but more so for their immense care for people,” said Brumley. “Their desire to serve with compassion and humility certainly impacted our community.”

Tickets to the dinner are $50 each or $400 for a table of eight. Social hour starts at 6:00pm and dinner will be served at 6:30pm. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (501) 776-6746.

Saline Memorial Hospital is a non-profit, community hospital that is sustained through revenue from operations, grants and donations made through the Foundation. For more information about the services offered at SMH, visit salinememorial.org.

Saline Memorial Hospital Sets Date For 2013 “The Beat Goes On” 5K

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This year’s “The Beat Goes On” 5K is scheduled for February 23, 2013 at 9am. The certified course starts and ends at Saline Memorial Hospital. This year marks the first year the race will use chip timing technology. $20 registration fee includes complimentary food & beverages after the run as well as an event t-shirt. All proceeds benefit the Saline Memorial Health Foundation Cardiac Assistance Fund which supports cardiac care in Saline County. Register/download a registration form here.

Cardiac Assistance Fund at SMH Helps Save Lives

The life of Benton resident Marsha Bearden came to a roaring halt on Monday, Jan. 17, as she was placed in Saline Memorial Hospital to receive treatment for a heart attack. Doctors found that Bearden had 90 percent blockage to her heart. She received a stint in her heart vessel, which opened up the vessel to help prevent future heart attacks. In order to keep the stint open — and ultimately, keep herself alive — Bearden had to have the prescription heart medicine Plavix. The medicine would cost her $185 a month, which put even more stress on the heart patient. “I didn’t know what I was going to do. It was really a burden,” Bearden said. “I’m unemployed and drawing an unemployment check, and then I had to figure out how I could get in (the prescription expense) with everything else going on. It was really scary to think about because I didn’t know how I was going to be able to take care of myself properly.”

Bearden told the doctors at Dr. Paul Baxley’s office at Saline Heart Group about her financial troubles, and the nurses told her about a fund that could help. The Cardiac Assistance fund of the Saline Memorial Foundation was started three years ago, with the idea of helping patients pay for the increasing costs of prescription medicine, along with providing new cardiac technology for the hospital, or necessary heart procedures for a patient. Matt Brumley with the SMH Foundation, said the Cardiac Assistance Fund was developed as another way for the hospital to further assist its patients. “(The hospital) has always done multiple things to support patients and their families. The cardiac fund really ramped up when we enhanced our cardiovascular program with our Cath Lab,” Brumley said. “The fact is that when someone has a heart attack or has a need for a cardiac procedure, they then necessitate a specific medication or their condition will repeat itself, and the the block will return. We set up the fund to get those patients with financial needs a bridge to connect to further assistance and care, whether it be Medicare or Christian Community Care Clinic.”
Every request for assistance through the Cardiac Assistance Fund is reviewed by the SMH Foundation Directors.

Patients seeking assistance must have a financial need, among other qualifications. Once a patient qualifies for assistance, the doctor writes the prescription and gives it to the foundation. The foundation then works with Westside Pharmacy or Smith Caldwell Pharmacy to find out the cost of the prescription, and pays the pharmacy directly for the prescription. After the patient receives assistance, the foundation gives the patient the materials to receive further help from the Christian Community Care Clinic. “The Cardiac Assistance Fund it just one arm of the many that we use to help patients through the Saline Memorial Hospital Foundation,” said Brumley.

When heart patient Bearden heard about the fund and how it could help her, she was overjoyed. “It was truly a godsend. It was a true blessing,” Bearden said, who is now receiving her prescription for free, thanks to the fund. The fund is made possible through the annual “The Beat Goes On” 5K run, which is scheduled for this year on Feb. 26. The race is a certified 3.1 mile course. It will start and finish at SMH, and will take participants through Downtown Benton. Pre-registration is $20 or $25 the day of the event. Online registration is available at www.SalineMemorial.org or participants can download a registration form on arkansasrunner.com. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers per gender in each age category. The top three overall winners, per gender, will also win awards. Door prizes will be given following the race.

Other event sponsors include: Smith Caldwell, Heart Clinic Arkansas, St. Vincent Health System, Saline Heart Group, Home Turf Sod & Landscaping, First Pentecostal Church in Benton, Ridgewood/Stoneybrook Health and Rehabilitation, River City Flooring and Saline Orthopedics.

Participants can enjoy post-race food and drinks. Each registration comes with a long-sleeved race T-shirt.

For more information about the race or to become a sponsor, please call (501) 776-6746 or email matt.brumley@salinememorial.org.

Story courtesy of The Saline Courier.

Saline Memorial Adds Another Flight for Annual Golf Tournament

The Saline Memorial Health Foundation has teamed up with First Security Bank to host its seventh Annual Swing Fore Saline Golf Tournament on Thursday, September 9-Friday, September 10, at Hurricane Golf and Country Club in Bryant. Tournament proceeds will be used to refurbish patient care rooms.

“We’re really looking forward to this year’s events,” said Matt Brumley, SMH Foundation and Ambulance Director. “Our golf tournament filled up quickly the past two years and we can’t thank the community enough for supporting the hospital and Foundation efforts.”

In 2009, the tournament netted over $50,000 to help fund new cardiac monitors for the SMH Ambulance Service.

“It certainly did not take long for our new cardiac monitors to have a positive impact on our community,” said Brumley. “Two hours after putting the monitors on our ambulances, we received a call for a patient that was extremely ill. The paramedic worked quickly to stabilize the patient and was able to obtain the first pre-hospital 12 lead EKG in Saline County because of the new monitors. This proved to be critically important as we were able to provide the Emergency Department staff with a cardiac tracing which until recently was not available in this community.”

The Saline Memorial Health Foundation Golf Committee, which is made up of community leaders and hospital staff, decided the 2010 funds should help refurbish rooms on patient floors which have not been updated since 1992.

“It’s important to match aesthetic beauty of the hospital with the quality of care you receive at SMH, said Chris Williams, Vice President of First Security Bank. “Our goal is to enhance the comfort and experience for patients and their families.”

“We hope to raise enough money at this tournament to finish an entire floor of patient rooms,” said Brumley. “However, we will continue our fundraising efforts throughout the next couple of years until we’ve completed all rooms on the 4th and 5th floors.”

Because of the large community response over the past few years, SMH added an additional flight for the 2010 tournament.

“We will have three total flights this year,” said Brumley. “Golfers will have a chance to play on Thursday, September 9, in addition to the standard Friday flights. We also created a physician challenge on Thursday specifically for physicians and their friends.”

The four-person scramble will begin on Thursday with a 1:30pm flight. The Friday flights will start at 8:00am with a second round beginning at 1:30 p.m. Registration fees are $600 for a team or $150 per person.

“Swing for Saline is an event that we look forward to every year,” Williams. “It is exciting to support a group like the Saline Memorial Health Foundation, and to witness all the good that comes from working together.”

You don’t have to be a golfer to support the cause. In conjunction with the golf tournament, SMH will host Gathering on the Greens (GOTG), an event filled with live music provided by Canvas, appetizers and a silent auction. GOTG is set for Thursday, September 9, at 5:30pm at Hurricane Golf & Country Club. Tickets are $25 per person and free for registered golfers.

To guarantee a team and shirt size, please turn in registration forms by Friday, August 20. For more information or to register for the tournament, call the Saline Memorial Health Foundation at 501-776-6743 or email matt.brumley@salinememorial.org.

New Life-Saving Monitors Help Saline Memorial Battle Cardiac Emergencies

Every 25 seconds, an American will suffer a coronary event. About every minute someone will die from one. These statistics from the American Heart Association are alarming and one of the many reasons why Saline Memorial Hospital (SMH) is taking steps to decrease those numbers. Saline Memorial announced today that it recently purchased the new ZOLL E Series® monitors to equip its ambulances in an effort to enhance cardiac care for citizens of Saline County.

“This is great benefit to Saline County,” said Randy Fortner,” SMH President and CEO. “These new machines will enhance our ability to treat cardiac emergencies and we’re grateful for the community’s commitment in supporting this effort.”

Heart monitor/defibrillators are standard equipment for emergency medical personnel and are critical for patients experiencing sudden cardiac arrest.  Sudden cardiac arrest is an abrupt disruption of the heart’s function, most commonly when the heart only quivers or ‘fibrillates’, thereby causing a lack of blood flow to vital organs.

The ZOLL E Series, a defibrillator specifically designed for professional rescuers, is the latest technology in resuscitation equipment designed to meet the specific demands and extreme conditions that Saline Memorial EMTs and paramedics face every day.

“This new technology will allow paramedics to quickly determine if the patient is having ST elevation (heart attack) and transmit this EKG tracing to the Emergency Department doctor before the ambulance has even left the scene,” said Matt Brumley, SMH Ambulance Director. “Life saving measures can be started in the ambulance as indicated. This allows for critical time saving measures which are vital in saving cardiac muscle.”

Each year over 400,000 patients are admitted to US hospitals with this condition. The best chance for a good outcome for these patients is if they are able to receive PCI (primary percutaneous cardiac intervention) or angioplasty within 90 minutes of their arrival at the hospital.

“Our goal with the ambulance service, the emergency department, the cardiac cath lab, and the in-patient services at SMH, is to get blood flow back to the heart as quickly as possible,” said Dr. Scott Archer, SMH Emergency Department Medical Director. “As soon as the emergency department doctor sees the signs of a heart attack on the EKG, the cardiac cath lab can be notified even before the patient reaches the hospital. When the patient does arrive at SMH, a whole team will already be assembled to immediately work together in order to restore blood flow to the heart. This integrated approach, beginning with the ambulance and proceeding all the way through to the patient’s recovery in the hospital, is now made possible with the use of the new Zoll E Series.”

Proceeds from Saline Memorial Health Foundation events, such as the 2009 Swing Fore Saline Golf tournament and The Beat Goes On 5K, went towards purchasing these monitors. The Hospital also gave $100,000 to meet the difference.

“Even during tough economic times, we’re determined to find ways to meet the needs of our community,” said Fortner. “This is an investment that will help save lives and you can’t put a price tag on that. This was a partnership between the community and SMH and something we can all be proud of.”

SMH EMT’s and paramedics have been trained and educated on these new monitors and are currently using them to treat patients.

“Once a person is in sudden cardiac arrest, every minute counts to get the heart beating normally again and restore adequate blood flow”, said Brumley. “With this upgraded technology, we are better equipped to protect the lives of Saline County citizens whom we are honored to serve.”

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Michael Gass, SMH EMT and Ray Lewis, SMH Paramedic display the new cardiac monitors recently installed in the ambulances. These monitors allow EMS personnel to quickly determine if a patient is having ST elevation (heart attack) and transmit the EKG tracing to the Emergency Department doctor before the ambulance has even left the scene. This allows for critical time saving measures which are vital in saving cardiac muscle. Funds raised through the 2009 SMH Golf Tournament and SMH 5K race combined with additional hospital funds made this possible.