01 Jun Foundation funds fetal monitoring education at HDH
Harney Hospital Foundation (HHF) Manager Jeni Stevens presented a check for $1,011 to Harney District Hospital (HDH) Nurse Dawn Marten on Wednesday, Jan. 17, for the purchase of fetal heart monitoring educational materials for HDH nursing staff.
“Fetal heart monitoring” involves keeping track of a baby’s heart rate during pregnancy, labor and delivery to make sure they are healthy. Marten is a certified fetal monitoring instructor through the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses and will be teaching the curriculum at HDH.
“My goal is to help our health care providers give excellent care to our patients, through evidence-based education, and to help the staff and patients alike feel comfortable with their care,” Marten said.
The funds are the first part of a larger goal of purchasing three fetal heart monitors and a maternal and neonatal birthing simulator, which will require $29,000 in total. HHF recently received a $1,500 grant from the ESCO Foundation toward the purchase of one of the heart monitors.
“These materials and equipment will go a long way in improving health care in our community,” said Stevens.