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RMC Receives ONEOK Grant

 

From left to right are Heather Van Gelder, ONEOK Community Investments Committee member, Jaimee Green, Marketing and Foundation Director for RMC and Daniel Chargois, a ONEOK Community Investments Committee member.

A recent donation made by an energy services company is helping Roosevelt Medical Center reach its goal of purchasing a new medications dispensing cart as part of their efforts to continue providing patients with the safe, secure and efficient administration of drugs.

ONEOK, of Sidney, donated $2,000 to the Roosevelt Memorial Healthcare Foundation which will enable RMC to buy a mobile medications cart.

"ONEOK strives to be an active member of the community by giving back financially and through volunteer manpower," said Terri Pirtle, Executive Director of the Oneok Foundation. "Our company works diligently to collaborate and build mutually beneficial partnerships with community organizations to help make stronger communities," she added.

The cart can be pushed into the dining room at meal times and into patient rooms when medications need to be given. It also houses a computer and software that links to a patient's medication administration record (MAR) and ensures patients receive the most updated medication orders from providers.

"Many of our nurses are traveling staff and they are not at the facility daily. This technology helps ensure everyone is up to date with a patient's medical needs and that reduces any chances for errors in medication," said Jessica Schmitz, Director of Nursing.

The cart offers a versatile platform for medication control and provides an integrated system of storage and technology that makes the medication management process more efficient. It also provides re-locking systems and secondary access requirements that help ensure patient privacy and security.

Reports can also be generated that help identify how many medications are available and saves staff time by eliminating the need for manual end-of-shift narcotic counts. It also provides inventory alerts to ensure patient's medications are always available.

Staff are already trained on how to use the cart because it will replace an outdated and broken one that had similar functions. The computer software already in use at RMC will run seamlessly with the new med cart's computer and enable nursing staff to chart and review patient medication trends and orders.

The total cost for the cart is estimated to be about $9,000. The hospital also received $6,000 from the Foundation For Community Care of Sidney to help pay for it. The hospital's governing board approved the additional $1,000 needed from their general budget to cover the remaining cost.

ONEOK, headquartered in Tulsa, Okla., is the general partner of Oneok Partners, one of the largest publicly traded master-limited partnerships and a leader in the natural gas and natural gas liquids business.

Since its inception in 1997, the Oneok Foundation has awarded over 40 million in grants to support nonprofit organizations throughout their operating areas. Primary focus areas for their community investments are education, health and human services, arts and culture and community improvement.

They give priority consideration to educational programs and to health and human services organizations, particularly organizations with programs that help people become self-sufficient.

"We are so very appreciative to have local businesses that support our efforts to provide the community with quality, local healthcare," said Jennifer Kessner, CFO for RMC.

 

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