Streator, Ill. – St. Mary’s Hospital has been redesigning their discharge process in an attempt to help patients be more successful in avoiding re-hospitalization. This project explores ways to best prepare patients for discharge from the hospital so they will be successful in maintaining their health at home.
Patients who have Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) are among those who most commonly have re-hospitalization. CHF is a condition in which patients are required to weigh themselves every day. The earliest symptom of fluid retention is weight gain and if treated promptly can prevent re-hospitalization and/or death. However, many patients cannot read small non digital scales nor can they steady themselves to weigh on a small scale. Fortunately, cardiologists have had very good compliance in patients using a particular scale called the Precision Plus. It is large enough for steadiness, digital, and easy to read.
St. Mary’s hospital has worked jointly with the Streator Lions Club to donate these scales to be given to patients who may not be able to afford them otherwise.
“This is just another example how the compassionate people and organizations in Streator work together for a healthier community, said Becky Tirevold, Direct of Patient Support Services at St. Mary’s Hospital. “On behalf of the patients that will benefit from this donation, St. Mary’s Hospital would like to the thank Streator Lions Club for their ongoing commitment to our community and the people we jointly serve.”
Streator Lion’s Club Members Jerry Vandemark (left) and Mary Svetz (right) present Becky Tirevold, Direct of Patient Support Services at St. Mary’s Hospital, with a donation of digital scales for patients in need.