INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — In a medical emergency, every second counts. Whether it is a head injury, stroke, heart attack, laceration or a broken bone all need medical attention as quickly as possible.In 2011, the Incline Village Community Hospital emergency room provided 4,200 patients with emergency room services. Not all had life threatening emergencies, but all were able to go to an emergency room in Incline Village. Many rural communities like Incline Village are not fortunate to have a hospital available to them 24 hours per day.“I personally believe this is one of the most valuable assets of this community,” said Incline resident Jonathan Smith. “Our community is very fortunate to have an emergency room that is available 24/7.”Smith is chairing “Be a Hero,” Incline Village Community Hospital Foundation’s capital campaign that has been focused on enhancing health care services offered at the hospital.To better facilitate construction work and guarantee no interruption in patient services, the Emergency Room Remodel and Diagnostic Imaging Enhancement project was divided into two phases:• Phase 1 included the renovation for the Emergency Department and was completed in 2008.• Phase 2 focuses on upgrading the Diagnostic Imaging Suite, CT equipment and hospital’s East wing. Work on Phase 2 began May 1 and the majority of the project components will be completed by the end of 2012. “We raised (more than) $640,000 already since beginning the campaign,” Smith said. “And to finish we need to raise an additional $360,000.”Emergency medicine and diagnostic imaging technology go hand in hand. Critical to the improvement of patient care at Incline Village Community Hospital is to reconfigure space in the hospital’s diagnostic imagining suite to allow for a new state-of-the-art 16-slice CT scanner. Phase 2 not only includes upgrade of the diagnostic imagining suite but it also covers an updated East entrance and a new patient waiting area.The campaign already received several large gifts but gifts of all sizes are needed and appreciated to complete the campaign Smith said. IVCH Foundation was successful in raising funds during 2011, said Margo Lalchandani, president of the IVCH Foundation Board.“Funds raised for this project stay right here in Incline,” she said. “And 100 percent of every donor’s gift for Phase 2 goes directly to this project.” To help Be a Hero at the Incline Village Hospital, send donations to IVCH Foundation at 880 Alder Ave. in Incline Village or go online to www.tfhd.com/ivch-waystogive.asp. Donors making contributions of $5,000 or more will be recognized on the Donor Wall inside the hospital. If you need information or have questions, call Michelle Schmitter, IVCH Foundation Manager, at 775-888-4204.— Jean Eick is the Communications Manager for the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation. Parasol has established an account for the IVCH Foundation for funds for the Renovation Project. For information on donating through Parasol call-775-888-4204.
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