Anchor and Heart Endowment Awards Nearly $102K to Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital
[Photo credit: Munson Healthcare Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital // Staff from Paul Oliver in surgical masks standing outside the hospital building in front of a red wall with the hospital's name.]
The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation’s Anchor and Heart Endowment recently awarded a $101,890 grant to Munson Healthcare Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital, supporting a transition to a new medication dispensing system.
Paul Oliver’s new system will be facilitated through two Pyxis MedStation ES platforms, which will help doctors and nurses safely and effectively dispense the right medications to the right patients at the right time. These platforms will also help reduce the risk of potential errors.
“Paul Oliver has been relying on a manual sign-out process for medication dispensing, which does not meet best practice standards,” said Steve Wade, Vice President of Community Impact at the Community Foundation. “With the grant from our Anchor and Heart Endowment, the new medication dispensing platforms will positively impact patient care at the hospital.”
For the last 15 years, the Anchor and Heart Endowment has been providing grants to Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital and supporting the healthcare needs of Benzie County. Local residents Philip Meek, Courtney Morris, William Parris, Roger Perry, and Suzy Voltz currently serve on the Anchor and Heart Endowment fund advisory committee. Together, committee members review and recommend grant awards each year.
“As many medical professionals have commented when visiting Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital, the range of services and programs is absolutely amazing given its size,” said Roger Perry, member of the Anchor and Heart Endowment fund advisory committee. “In large part, this is due to Anchor and Heart Endowment grants that have helped fund specialty clinics, a cardio rehab facility, dialysis unit, and digital radiography, and much more.”
The Community Foundation’s Anchor and Heart Endowment currently holds nearly $2.5 million in assets and, since 2007, has awarded over $1.2 million in grants to Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital.