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Horizon Health Foundation receives gift for medical equipment from City of Woonsocket

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Horizon Health Foundation recently received a gift from the City of Woonsocket for the purchase of two vital carts for Horizon Health Care’s Woonsocket Community Health Center.

The vital carts, also known as “Nurse on Wheels” are a secure easy-to-use, medical device that provides accurate vital sign measurement including blood pressure, pulse, and oxygen saturation. The device connects wirelessly to the organization’s Electronic Medical Records and sends vitals to the patient chart from the point of care to help improve efficiency. The Nurse on Wheels allows nurses to ‘room’ a patient and multi-task. This equipment can provide a complete set of vitals within 15 seconds, which improves staff workflow efficiencies and provides better diagnosis accuracy.

“We are very excited for this new equipment and appreciate the city’s investment in our clinic and patients,” said Dawn Rassel, Medical Lab Technician at Woonsocket Community Health Center. “We have wanted an additional vitals cart for years as we are sometimes rooming 2-3 patients at the same time, but now it will be even more beneficial as we have extra cleaning procedures between patients due to COVID-19.”

The Horizon Health Foundation was established in 2016 to ensure rural health care access to those in need and provide funding for Horizon Health Care. Horizon Health Foundation, a tax-exempt, non-profit corporation, seeks through responsible activities to encourage and derive sustaining gift support from current and former patients and interested friends, including corporate entities. The Horizon Health Foundation, operating in coordination with Horizon Health Care, is the duly designated fundraising arm for Horizon Health Care.  In the broadest sense, the purpose of the Foundation is to create an awareness of the financial needs of Horizon Health Care, which are not provided by patient charges and to systematically implement plans by which dollar needs can be met.

About Horizon Health Care

For over 40 years, Horizon Health Care has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and behavioral health care through a rural, community-based network in South Dakota. Horizon is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the medical, dental and mental health care needs of South Dakotans in rural, medically underserved areas through 110,000 patient visits annually in 32 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Alcester, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Elk Point, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River, Woonsocket, and Yankton. For more information please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org.