Thanks to generous community support, the Dorchester General Hospital Foundation recently presented $44,116 to Dorchester General Hospital for the replacement of the telemetry monitoring system used by the Cardiac and Pulmonary Fitness and Wellness Program. The funds were raised as a result of the Foundation’s recent fundraising appeal. Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab is used by many members of the community when they experience a cardiac event such as a heart attack, a cardiac-related surgical intervention or if they have been diagnosed with pulmonary disease. The telemetry monitoring system tracks and documents patients’ responses to exercise, including heart rate, rhythm, blood pressure, oxygen levels along with other parameters. It also tracks the progress made while in Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab. The system is linked to Shore Health’s electronic medical records, providing a record of each patient experience while establishing a progress report for the referring physician.
“The new monitoring and documentation system at Dorchester General Hospital will enable us to provide our patients with higher quality outcomes and overall experiences,” says Gary Jones, RCP, FACCA, Director of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Services for Shore Health. “The system that is now in place will also allow for the confidential transfer of pertinent data to the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation national database which will allow us to compare our quality outcomes and patient experiences with those in the national database.”
To learn more about the Dorchester General Hospital Foundation which raises funds to benefit Hospital programs and services, contact Ida Jane Baker, Foundation President, at 410-228-8182.
In photo: Pictured in Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab at Dorchester General Hospital are (from left to right) Gary Jones, RCP, FACCA, Director of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Services for Shore Health; Mary Beth Linthicum, RN, RRT; and Ida Jane Baker, president, Dorchester General Hospital Foundation.