Hospital receives Elks grant to buy equipment

Pictured (from l to r) are: President of Miles City Elks Lodge #537 Gary Holm, Elks trustee Pat Killen, Elks member Sheila Capek and PCH Administrator Parker Powell.

By Kay Braddock

Prairie Community Hospital in Terry was recently awarded an $8,000 grant from the Montana State Elks Association’s Major Project Program. 

Members of the Miles City Elks Lodge #537 met with PCH Administrator Parker Powell last week to present a check, which will be used to purchase a portable ventilator for the hospital’s Emergency Room.
PCH Director of Nursing Kay Schaaf, who was also on hand for the presentation, said the portable ventilator will replace an older manual ventilator that the hospital has been using.
“It’ll help a lot,” Schaaf said. “It’ll reduce the number of people needed in the ER.”
The MSEA Major Project Program provides financial aid to rural community hospitals throughout Montana, allowing small hospitals to purchase needed medical equipment.
Many of these community hospitals are located in remote, rural towns that have limited resources. 
In the past 20 years, the MSEA Major Project Program has donated about $950,000, according to the MSEA Web site.

Published April 7, 2011

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