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Great Plains Health Care Foundation funds equipment for wound care patients

Friday, July 29, 2016

Contact:
Megan Hanson, Marketing Manager
hansonm@gphealth.org
Cell: 402.274.7882
Office: 308.568.7497

Recently, Great Plains Health Care Foundation funded the purchase of two ankle-brachial index (ABI) test units to help identify patients who may have peripheral artery disease (PAD). PAD is a condition in which the arteries in the legs or arms are narrowed or blocked. This leads to an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, poor circulation and leg pain, and could cause chronic wounds.

"The Foundation was pleased to help improve the patient experience for wound care patients being treated at Great Plains Health," said Libby Lashley, director of the Great Plains Health Care Foundation.

The ABI test takes only a few minutes, and no special precautions are needed. An ABI test compares the blood pressure measured at the ankle with blood pressure measured at the arm. A lower blood pressure in the ankle is an indication of PAD. Depending on the severity of the blockage, physicians may recommend lifestyle changes, medication or surgery to treat PAD.

"Recently, a patient was identified with a possible blockage through the ABI test," said Tara Harper, director of wound care services. "Prior to receiving this equipment from the Great Plains Health Care Foundation, our patients would have waited up to a week to identify the issue. The test results were immediate; we were able to get him the care he needed immediately from our cardiologists."

Great Plains Health Care Foundation supports projects at Great Plains Health that aim to enhance the patient experience. Last year, the Foundation supported over 20 projects through equipment and technology purchases, as well as program support, with a total investment of over $1 million.

"The foundation is grateful for the support we receive from donors in the area who believe in local healthcare and improving patient care for our region," said Lashley.

To find out more about upcoming projects and opportunities to give, please call Libby Lashley at 308.696.7411.

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