Bonner General Hospital’s Family-Centered Maternity Unit nurses, along with Dr. George DeLand and Dr. Bruce Honsinger, showed Panhandle State Bank executives and Bonner General Hospital Foundation’s Board of Trustees some of the new equipment purchased with funds raised by the organizations. The Foundation used funds raised through their annual Heart Ball Gala and Auction. Panhandle State Bank contributed $5,000 through the bank’s annual Community Match program.
“We really appreciate the support of our community. It’s amazing to be able to have this kind of technology at our hospital,” said Pam Rasmussen, President of Bonner General Hospital Foundation.
The new equipment includes a GE PandaWarmer, two GE multi-parameter monitors, a Natus Algo 3i hearing test system and a Natus bilirubin phototherapy light system. Proceeds from Jacey’s Race contributed to the monitors, and the State of Idaho funded a portion of the hearing test system.
“The ability to offer state-of-the-art medical technology and quality healthcare right here at home is a valuable asset to our community,” said Paralee Gates, Panhandle State Bank Regional Community Branch Manager. “For example, the new hearing testing system will allow parents to know if their newborn is hearing-disabled with higher accuracy and faster than before.”
All of the equipment is portable so it can be used in whatever department it is needed, from an emergency room to an operating suite.
“We are so proud to have these pieces in our OB,” said JoAnn Filce, Family-Centered Maternity Unit Nurse Manager. “This is the same, exact equipment you’ll find at the bigger children’s hospitals.”