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#GivingTuesday: Together, we can do it again

#GivingTuesday: Together, we can do it again

This is a special time of year for giving thanks. #GivingTuesday is a national day of generosity to kick off the holiday season on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It is a time when you can make a positive impact for our community through HYF. With your help, our year-end special gift initiative goal is to raise $180,000 towards the purchase of monitors for all ten Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds at HYMC.


Last year, our donors generously purchased new patient monitors in preparation for potential pandemic-fueled patient surges in the Howard Young Medical Center (HYMC) Emergency Department (ED). The result? Phillips Intellivue X3 Monitors were implemented throughout the ED and continue to make a significant impact. They are used daily to track and record vitals for all ED patients including those undergoing monoclonal antibody infusions – a treatment for COVID-19. HYMC is the only Aspirus hospital north of Wausau that is administering these treatments. Support from our donors is truly making a difference.


When it comes to your health, minutes matter, and having the best possible technology can make all the difference. As HYMC transitions to Epic electronic medical record system as a part of their onboarding with Aspirus, there are many new technologies that will be available to them. Upgrading the patient monitors will allow them to use these new technologies to their fullest potential and provide additional benefits:

  • Increase efficiency for caregivers and staff so they can spend more time caring for patients
  • Improve patient monitoring by allowing for customization of patient information
  • All monitors will be portable, ensuring a seamless transition to other departments in the hospital
  • Data will be stored in one centralized location

This investment will bring new and innovative technology to our ICU and improve patient outcomes when minutes matter most. During this season of giving would you please consider participating in our #GivingTuesday campaign with a tax-deductible year-end holiday gift to our special gift initiative?

"It will be wonderful to use technology for the greater good, to have more time for personal interaction, forming a better patient-provider relationship. This technology can aid in early detection of patient changes which, in turn, can improve our patient outcomes. That’s something we all want.” - Melanie Hodgdon, RN, BSN, Manager of Inpatient Nursing Care Services


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