The Perry & Ruby Stevens Charitable Foundation Gives $100,000 Grant Award

Uvalde Memorial Hospital (UMH) received a $100,000 grant award from The Perry & Ruby Stevens Charitable Foundation located in Kerrville, Texas. The award is designated to the $5.2-million Better Health Begins Here capital campaign for equipment for the new hospital slated for completion in early 2022.

“The Better Health Begins Here major gifts campaign provides for the purchase and installation of critically needed equipment and technology for the diagnosis, best possible outcomes, attentiveness, and comfort of care for our patients, their families, visitors and medical care teams,” said Sheri Rutledge, UMH development speicalist.

The elements of the campaign include: 

  • A new Nurse Call System with up-to-date facility-wide interactive communication equipment and technology offered by Jeron Nurse Call Gateway Integration HCI with Beckwith;
  • A new Patient Monitoring system will provide seamless and immediate hospital-wide communication and will also integrate with Electronic White Boards to provide up-to-date information. This system will also include call systems for shower, toilet, bed, crib, and wall;
  • A Cableless Fetal Monitoring system will allow continuous tracking of up-to-the-minute information on the health of the expectant mothers and their babies and will drastically improve and enhance workflow and strengthen the best possible birth care;
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Scanner;
  • Computerized Tomography (CT) Scanner;
  • Art for Healing and Wellbeing: A hospital-wide art initiative for patients, families, and staff to help reduce stress and loneliness, improve health and healing, and create compassionate care spaces filled with inspiration and peace. A fountain and garden area at the entrance of the new hospital is also included in the initiative.

“The new facility is an investment for our region now and into the future,” said Thomas Nordwick, UMH chief executive officer. “Construction funding is secured, but the cost of the project does not permit us to expand and acquire all new technology for the hospital. This generous gift from The Perry & Ruby Stevens Charitable Foundation is greatly appreciated and will go toward our stated goal to providing state-of-the-art technology for our rural residents and it will also strengthen marketing of our services to increase patient base and aid in staff and physician recruitment and retention.”