January 21, 2011
Hamot and Regional Partners use Grant to Improve Patient Care

In just two months, significant progress has been made in providing greater access to advanced medical care to four regional hospitals thanks to a federal grant awarded to Hamot Medical Center in late summer.

Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper presented Hamot with the $99,000 Health and Human Services grant in mid-September, a grant for which Hamot applied with Kane Community Hospital in Kane, Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport, Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys,  and Bradford Regional Medical Center in Bradford. The grant was requested specifically to help facilitate transportation of critically ill patients.  

The cache of equipment was ordered and was delivered Friday to each of the rural hospitals, where it will be permanently located.  The equipment includes an Alaris IV pump and tubing, CPAP and ventilators for EMS which feature bipap.  Each of the hospitals will receive this cache of equipment so EMS units can borrow them from the regional hospital directly, which will help decrease the delay times when transferring patients. Currently, the transfer of critically ill patients from the rural hospitals can be significantly delayed as a result of several factors and the availability of this equipment will help eliminate that.

“The purchase of this equipment will help put an end to critically-ill patients having to wait for a hospital transfer,” Rep. Dahlkemper said. “This equipment will save lives because it will give Hamot doctors the chance to provide the best care possible, as fast as possible. This grant is a great benefit for our rural communities.”

Hamot Medical Center officials said that adding the equipment to rural hospitals will begin to reduce health care disparities in rural areas, improve hospital efficiencies and save lives.

“This grant, due to Rep. Dahlkemper’s leadership, supports our philosophy of local care and provides patients with better access to advanced medical care when it is needed. It is providing essential medical equipment that is needed onsite to stabilize the patient and if necessary, transfer them to a higher level of care,” said Val Jackson, the regional director of the Hamot Heart Institute.

J. Gary Rhodes, FACHE, VP of Hamot Health Foundation and CEO of Kane Community Hospital noted, "We're excited about this grant and once again, through our partnership with Hamot Medical Center, we're seeing the excellent benefits of that affiliation. This additional equipment will enable each hospital to enhance service level and quality of care to patients throughout the region by offering critically ill patients in our rural region greater access to advanced medical care." 

Hamot officials delivered the equipment purchased with the grant Friday in blizzard conditions to Kane Community Hospital, Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys, Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport and Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Hamot and Regional Partners use Grant to Improve Patient Care

Behind the equipment delivered Friday to KCH ER, are (l-r) Gary Rhodes, VP of Hamot Health Foundation and CEO of Kane Community Hospital; Jason Chenault, Hamot Emergency/Trauma Services Director; Mike Volpe, EMS, EmergyCare; Dave Crosby, EMS, Operations Supervisor, EmergyCare, Inc.; Justin Puller, M.D., Hamot Emergency Services at KCH; Cindy Salerno, RN, CEN, PHRN,  ER Manager, KCH; and Val Jackson, Assistant Director, Regional Business Development, Regional Director, Hamot Heart Institute, Hamot Medical Center.  The equipment includes an Alaris IV pump, CPAP, portable ventilator and tubing.