Each year the Orchard Hospital Foundation sends out an Annual Appeal letter to the many people who have supported the hospital throughout the years.

This letter states a specific need and through the generosity of those who receive the letters the purchases become a reality whether it be ice machines for Hovlid Skilled Nursing and the nutritional services department, i-Stat point of care testing for laboratory, Coaguchek, blanket warmers, a new stove for the nutritional services department, gurneys for the emergency department, a new orthopedic surgery table for the surgery department and cost saving installation of an in-house training audio-visual system.

This year's Annual Appeal letter requests support to purchase a new X-Ray table for the imaging department which will allow four way movements to accommodate trauma patients better and provide a safe, quality patient experience.

Another request was to help support the purchase of the Nurse Call System which is a hospital wide nurse call system, essential in delivery of safe, quality care to the patients and residents. The nurse call system allows the patients to communicate from the room to the nurses station, rather than just hitting the button and it allows staff to have various call sounds and colors for lighting to indicate emergent needs, nursing needs as well as patient needs. It also allows the hospital to expand nurse call audio boxes for two way communication in the ER and audio communication in all ancillary departments.

Contributions are of course tax deductible and can be made in honor of someone else.

For more information contact Lyndi Little at 530-846-9028.