2018 Philanthropic Funding Needs
Each day brings astounding new possibilities in health care, from clinical breakthroughs to innovative models of delivery. With continued donor support, Chilton Medical Center can sustain and grow its role as a true pioneer, shaping the future of health care and bringing the most promising medical advancements to our hospital and community.
Chilton Medical Center Foundation is currently raising funds for several initiatives aimed at keeping the medical center on the forefront of 21st century care while meeting the region's burgeoning health needs. If you so choose, your gift can benefit one of these exciting projects - and make a meaningful difference in the lives of our patients:
Palliative Care Funding Initiative
Investing in the growth and expansion of Chilton Medical Center’s palliative care program will provide our patients and families with more services, interventions and resources, thereby improving patient satisfaction, enhancing quality of life, and reducing mortality and re-admission rates.
What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is specialized medical care delivered by an interdisciplinary team of professionals for patients with chronic illness and their families. It focuses on relieving the symptoms and stresses of disease, improving quality of life, establishing patient preferences, and providing emotional and spiritual support.
Palliative Care vs. Hospice
Palliative care is not simply a precursor to hospice. Some people who use palliative care may subsequently enroll in hospice care, others begin hospice without prior use of palliative care, and still others use palliative care at the end of life, but do not choose to participate in hospice.
Our Fundraising Goal
When you consider that the majority of Chilton Medical Center’s patient population is over age 65, the need for palliative care services is critical. However, our current staffing structure – which includes one collaborating physician, a full-time advance practice registered nurse (APN), a full-time palliative care nurse (RN), a part-time social worker and a part-time palliative chaplain – has reached its maximum potential and work rate.
Our 2018 palliative care initiative seeks to expand the role of the palliative care social worker from part time to full time. The estimated cost is $262,500 for a three-year salary ($87,500 annually with benefits).
Elder Delirium Prevention and Management Program
Delirium – a state of mental confusion and reduced awareness of one’s environment – is most prevalent in older adults, but often goes undiagnosed. This can lead to worsening symptoms, including lethargy, stupor and possibly even coma. Studies also show that delirium raises mortality rates and lengthens hospital stays by as many as eight days.
The good news is that up to 40 percent of delirium episodes can be prevented with the right measures. Our goal is to secure $72,000 in funding to launch the Elder Delirium Prevention and Management Program at Chilton Medical Center, which will be utilized throughout the hospital and the emergency department. The cost includes the employment of one full-time elder life specialist for 5 days per week.
The Joint Commission and other regulatory agencies of late have emphasized the need for more accurate and safe monitoring of patients receiving opioids. In response, Atlantic Health System created an administrative police that requires physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists to use opioid, or EtCO2, monitors on patients who are at risk for over-sedation with opioid use. These devices measure respiratory rate and carbon dioxide levels and can thereby detect hypoventilation and apneic episodes before changes in heart rate or pulse oximetry are noted. Chilton Medical Center estimates it will require an additional three EtCO2 monitors at approximately $11,000 each.
Patient Amenity Kits
Chilton Medical Center hopes to provide amenity kits – complete with a comb, toothbrush and other toiletry items – to its 9,000 inpatients admitted annually. This small gesture will promote positive feedback, improve the overall hospital experience and boost patient satisfaction. The estimated cost to purchase these amenity kits is $10,000.