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Botsford’s ER Nurses, Patients Grateful for Overbed Tables

Farmington Hills, Mich. (August 10, 2010)---Emergent medical conditions can happen at any time of day, even during your breakfast, lunch or dinner times. Arriving at Botsford Hospital’s emergency room, the main goal is to get you triaged and treated. Yet, Botsford’s ER nurses also encourage patients to say what would make their stay more comfortable. So, you mention missing breakfast. No problem! Your nurse orders a full breakfast for you from Botsford’s Dietary Services. Super! But, how will you manage a tray full of food? Where will it go? Will you have to balance it in your lap? Before you can have another thought about this, your nurse flips up your bed railings and snaps a sturdy tray over them, giving you a completely stable surface from which to eat your meal that just arrived. 
 
Sharing her nursing staff’s joy upon receiving six adjustable overbed tables, Gail Kress, R.N., Botsford Hospital’s Emergency Center Manager, wrote to Botsford Foundation Executive Director Margo Gorchow: “On behalf of my staff, I wish to thank The Botsford Foundation for purchasing these overbed tables. On the day I was unpacking the boxes in which the items were shipped, we were holding many patients in the Emergency Center who were awaiting transfer to inpatient status. In fact, our patient holding area was full! And, it was lunchtime. My patient holding team immediately put each table to use. The staff loves them! Thank you for making a stressful situation easier on my staff and the patients we serve.” 
 
Charitable donations given to The Botsford Foundation’s Innovative Programs Fund made this purchase possible. For information on how to give, contact the foundation: (248) 442-5045 or www.botsford.org/foundation/. 
 
PHOTO CAPTION: New snap-on tables help patients in Botsford Hospital’s Emergency Center to have a meal from a stable surface during their stay.

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