July 1, 2010
Collins Company Foundation provides $20,000 grant to KCH for laryngoscope

A Collins Company Foundation gift of $20,000 for the purchase of a GlideScope for KCH’s Emergency and Operating Rooms was acknowledged last week with Emergency and Operating Room staff gathering for in-service on the use and care of the new equipment. 

Connie Grenz, General Manager of Kane Hardwood, a Collins company worked with CEO J. Gary Rhodes and George Saleh, CRNA, Manager of the Department of Anesthesia at Kane Community Hospital to identify and research several options for the formal Foundation request.

The ER video intubation laryngoscope was on Kane Community Hospital’s wish list for emergency room health professionals.  The GlideScope Videoscope is a recommended instrument of the American Society of Anesthesiologists to be a standard part of the difficult airway management protocol. 

Because of its rural location, KCH is not staffed with a 24/7 trauma surgeon.  The medical professionals’ skills when serving in the ER are now greatly enhanced by using this airway instrument.  This system has practical use in both the KCH Emergency Room and the Operating Room and has already been used.

“The Kane area is fortunate to have a great community hospital.  It serves the area with maximum quality and is the only hospital for about 25 miles in any direction,” noted Grenz.  KCH is now an affiliate of Hamot Health Foundation.  Hamot ER physicians now staff the KCH Emergency Room 24/7.

Kane Hardwood, a Collins Company manages a 117,000 acre forest in northwestern PA, a sawmill, pre-dryer, dry kilns, solar kiln, planing mill, and a dimension mill.  The Collins Company Foundation was established to enhance and support communities where Collins companies are located and employees live and work. 

KCH has launched a giving program with the goal of exceeding $50,000 this year.  The program takes advantage of Hamot's long-standing program and giving tools.  Those interested in learning more about the giving opportunities are encouraged to contact J. Gary Rhodes, CEO of KCH.  This year, grants from Collins Company Foundation, Zook Motors, Friends of KCH and event sponsors of KCH's annual charity golf tournament as well as others are helping KCH reach their goal.

“Kane Hardwood is a community partner in every sense, fully engaged in leveraging their resources and connections to provide support for their community. We are grateful for all they do,” noted CEO J. Gary Rhodes.


Emergency Room (l-r) Kane Hardwood’s GM Connie Grenz and Mark VanDyke, D.O., Hamot Emergency Medicine watching the monitor as George Saleh, CRNA, Manager of Department of Anesthesia at KCH demonstrates the use of the new instrument and video monitor on a mannequin in the KCH ER with Cindy Salerno, RN, CEN, PHRN, Manager of the KCH ER.  The new equipment was purchased in whole by a gift from the Collins Company Foundation.