Sidney Health Center's Volunteer Programs Provide Funds For Hyperbaric Chamber

Sidney – For a combined total of 77 years, the volunteers at the Caring Corner Gift Shop and Good Cents Store have been raising money for Sidney Health Center to assist with purchases of medical equipment. These successful volunteer programs have made significant impacts on services and patient care offered to residents living in the MonDak region.

The Caring Corner Gift Shop and Good Cents Store recently contributed $165,842 to cover the cost of the hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber and concrete pad. This new service is located in the Cancer Care suite at Sidney Health Center under the direction of Dr. Ralf Kiehl.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a non-invasive treatment that involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber. This therapy has shown remarkable benefits in various medical conditions, including wound healing, decompression sickness, carbon monoxide poisoning, and more.

Dr. Kiehl, expressed excitement about the addition of this state-of-the-art service, stating, "We're thrilled to introduce Hyperbaric Therapy to our range of services. This treatment has demonstrated remarkable results in improving the quality of life for individuals with various medical conditions."

The newly equipped hyperbaric room at Sidney Health Center features cutting-edge technology and a team of healthcare professionals dedicated to providing safe and effective treatments for patients in need.

Oxygen, when delivered to a patient in a hyperbaric chamber, greatly increases the amount of oxygen that can be delivered to body tissues by blood. All the benefits provided by hyperbaric oxygen therapy are a result of this extra oxygen being carried within the bloodstream.

Patients, who are referred to the Hyperbaric Wound Care Clinic, usually undergo as many as 30-40 treatments to achieve maximum benefit. An individualized treatment plan is discussed with the patient prior to undergoing this type of therapy.

Through the years, proceeds from the gift shop and second-hand store have benefited services throughout the organization with upgrades to equipment in the lab, obstetrics, radiology, rehabilitation services, surgery, and cancer care, to name a few.

The Caring Corner Gift Shop was established in 1984 to benefit patient and resident care. The gift shop is located on the Sidney Health Center campus and offers a little something for everyone, attracting customers of all ages. From newborns to adults, the "boutique-style" store features clothing, home décor, seasonal gifts, accessories, and so much more.

The Good Cents Store was started by two local women in 1987. Originally, second-hand items were sold out of the founder's garage and proceeds were donated to the hospital. Since then, the retail business has grown, evolved and relocated to its current location at the end of East Main in Sidney.

The Caring Corner Gift Shop is open Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Fridays 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The Good Cents Store is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays from 12-3 p.m.


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