Park Ridge Health Foundation, Hendersonville, NC
At LawnAmerica, we have always made it a priority to give back to the members of our community. This giving philosophy has been interwoven into the very D.N.A. that makes up our company, and began when we first opened our doors 19 years ago. Therefore, we give back as much as we can towards causes that improve the lives of people in our communities. Our primary focus is to help children with special needs as well as support education for children of all backgrounds.
We are excited to shine a spotlight on the Park Ridge Health Foundation which raises funds for Park Ridge Health Hospital to meet the community’s medical needs by purchasing advanced technological equipment.
LawnAmerica’s very own Asheville Branch Manager, Rob Sneller, had the honor of co-chairing the Foundation’s 25th annual Gala on May 10th, 2018. Guests began the evening on the red carpet and enjoyed a star-studded, blockbuster night of 1940’s silver screen themed entertainment. The proceeds from the event will go towards providing telehealth equipment which will allow patients to share their blood pressure, heart rate and other vital signs to their doctors allowing for the management of chronic conditions and post-surgical procedures from the comfort of home.
Realizing that North Carolina has one of the highest infant mortality rates related to obstetric emergencies, and that moms are increasingly dying from those obstetrical emergencies, the Park Ridge Health Foundation knew they could help each of us in the community by raising funds for the hospital to purchase Noelle, a mommy manikin. She is an adult advanced birthing simulator with technology that simulates labor contractions, the heart rate of the fetus and creates focused training drills for high-acuity obstetrical emergencies. Noelle provides hospital staff with 30 different scenarios and drills allowing them to practice in real time. Training for specific situations is paramount to providing the highest care possible for the nursing and medical staff to stabilize expecting mothers.
Additionally, Park Ridge Health is hoping to bring along one of Noelle’s friends to help reduce the high North Carolina stroke rate which currently kills 12 people every day in our state. Did you know stroke is the leading cause of death and disability in North Carolina? We have one of the highest stroke rates, ranking 6th in the nation. More than one-third of stroke deaths occur in people under age 65, and kills more women than men.
Park Ridge Health has embarked on the journey to become a Stroke Center of Excellence. To achieve this certification, the emergency department must be an exceptional access point and the caregivers must be trained to give rapid and high-level care to patients presenting with stroke symptoms. This is where Sam, the medical manikin comes in. Sam is an adult resuscitation and emergency care simulator who provides vital Code Blue training scenarios which will enhance the care team’s ability to act quickly to provide enhanced care for stroke patients.
Having these life-saving training opportunities for the care teams of the Park Ridge Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, and in The Baby Place at Park Ridge Health will make all the difference when it comes to these life or death situations.
While Rob was thrilled to serve as a co-chair for the Gala event again this year, it held extra special meaning for him this year. He has supported the Foundation for year, but it wasn’t until just recently that he experienced first hand how important it is to have these advanced technological supplies at the ready when your loved one is the patient in question.
Last year when, Rob helped with the event, he remembers making a donation towards funding the equipment selected for that year; special ultrasounds for patients with hard to find veins such as children or the elderly. Recently, Rob’s five year old daughter Paige was diagnosed with dehydration and needed IV fluids to be administered quickly. The medical staff were having a hard time finding a vein in her small hand, and it wasn’t until they mentioned using their new ultrasound machine that Rob realized he had unknowingly helped the hospital purchase the very machine his daughter needed in that moment.
We are honored to help families in need by donating to Park Ridge Health Foundation. Thank you to all of the staff, board members, volunteers, and donors of the Park Ridge Health Foundation. Our community is stronger because of you. We appreciate all that you do!
For more information about Park Ridge Health and Park Ridge Health Foundation, please contact them at (828) 681-2421.