Foundation Purchases 52 Fixed Vital Sign Monitors for Cheyenne Regional Medical Center

Cheyenne, WY—State-of-the-art fixed vital sign monitors were recently installed in 52 patient rooms at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center with a contribution provided by the Cheyenne Regional Foundation.

Each year the Foundation uses proceeds from its Denim ’N Diamonds campaign to fund a project that will benefit the hospital. The 2014 campaign raised more than $200,000, which was used to purchase and install the new monitors.

“Hospital leaders and the Foundation’s Board of Directors work together to determine a much-needed project each year that will benefit patients and our clinical staff,” said Stephen Stone, the Foundation’s Executive Director.

“These units were selected because our nurses said that having fixed vital sign monitors would be of value to our patients and nurses,” Stone said.

“This is a tremendous contribution for our patients and our community,” said Cynthia Vais, clinical nurse manager on Cheyenne Regional’s surgical and orthopedic/neurosurgery units. “Having these units is helping our nurses in their day-to-day work, which ultimately benefits our patients.”

Vital signs are used to measure basic body functions and are taken to help determine a person’s general health. The new monitors can measure blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate and oxygen saturation. They are also able to wirelessly transmit patient data to Cheyenne Regional’s electronic charting system.

Previously, Cheyenne Regional used mobile vital sign monitors in most of its inpatient rooms. The mobile units provide accurate readings but aren’t as convenient or as sophisticated as the new fixed monitors.

“Having these units permanently affixed in patient rooms means the nurses can quickly check a patient’s vital signs. This is especially important during a crisis or if a patient’s condition is rapidly changing,” said Tara Leinart, Cheyenne Regional’s interim administrator of inpatient nursing.

The new monitors are also beneficial because they are dual mode, meaning they can be attached to a patient for continuous monitoring or can be used to spot-check a patient’s vital signs.

Yet another benefit is that the fixed monitors are mounted on the wall, which saves floor space around the patient’s bed and reduces the risk of anyone running into them or tripping over them.

“And having the monitors in a fixed location should reduce the chance that they will break down. That is a concern when you have to move any equipment from room to room,” Leinart said.

A reduced infection risk is another benefit of the new monitors. “Our nurses and staff disinfect the mobile units before they are moved, but having the fixed units in place reduces the risk even further,” Leinart added.

The monitors funded by the Foundation were placed throughout the hospital’s patient tower. About two-thirds of the rooms in the tower now have fixed monitors, said Leinart, and there are plans to purchase more in the near future.

“We are so grateful that the Foundation decided to fund this project. We also want to thank the many people in our community who contribute to the Foundation. It’s really all of them who made this project possible,” Vais said.


CRMC Cancer Center receives charging station from Union Wireless

Cheyenne, WY—We are so fortunate to live in a state where charitable companies like Union Wireless call home. On Tuesday, January 20, representatives from Union Wireless delivered a phone charging station to the Cancer Center. It charges a variety of phones and tablets regardless of provider.
Patricia Wagner, Infusion Charge Nurse, stated, “This convenience is going to be wonderful addition for the Cancer Center patients; many times patients and families are there for eight hours at a time.” Now they have ease of mind knowing they can easily charge their devices. The staff at the Cancer Center and Cheyenne Regional thanks Union Wireless for giving back!

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact Wendy Fanning, Director of Annual Giving/Grants at 307-432-2677.


Cheyenne Regional Foundation Receives $50,000 Donation for Cancer Center

Cheyenne, WY—The Cheyenne Regional Foundation has received a $50,000 pledge from Cheyenne Light, Fuel & Power Company and the Black Hills Corporation Foundation to be used for the development of Cheyenne Regional Medical Center’s new cancer center.

“The Cheyenne Regional Foundation would like to thank Cheyenne Light, Fuel & Power and the Black Hills Corporation Foundation for this extremely generous gift,” said Stephen Stone, executive director of the Cheyenne Regional Foundation.

“The mission of the new center is to provide hope, healing and encouragement for our patients and their families, our community and the surrounding region,” Stone said. “With this gift, Cheyenne Light, Fuel & Power and the Black Hills Corporation Foundation have become part of this life-giving mission.”

The 40,400-square foot, two-story center will provide medical and radiation oncology and an ambulatory infusion center. Also included will be a cancer resource center and library, hat and wig boutique, prosthetic fitting room, healing garden and rooms for massage/lymphedema therapy and meditation.

Mark Stege, Cheyenne Light, Fuel & Power vice president of operations, spoke to the widespread need and benefits of the new center. “Cancer has touched the lives of many, including those of us who work at Cheyenne Light, Fuel & Power,” he said. “We are proud to contribute to making this vital community resource a reality.”

Lori Rainwater, the Black Hills Corporation Foundation president and director of customer service operations, said the cancer center exemplifies the type of need Cheyenne Light, Fuel & Power seeks to support in the communities the company serves. “We are grateful to know that our Foundation gift to the cancer center will provide the people of Cheyenne, who we proudly count among our customers, with this much-needed center for fighting and surviving cancer,” Rainwater said.

The cancer center is located north of Cheyenne Regional’s patient tower, at the corner of 24th Street and Evans Avenue. The new center is scheduled to open in early December, 15 months after construction began.

“Through their gift, Cheyenne Light, Fuel & Power and the Black Hills Corporation Foundation have become our partners in caring,” said Carol Waeckerlin, Cheyenne Regional Foundation board member and chairwoman of the cancer center’s capital campaign. “It’s a partnership that can be counted in so many ways, in lives being saved and in lives being extended and improved because of the quality of care provided. It’s a partnership and a contribution to the community that will continue to give for many years to come.”


Scrub Shuffle 5K Raises Funds for CRMC Cancer Center

Cheyenne, WY—The Cheyenne Regional Medical Center Foundation is sponsoring its first-ever Scrub Shuffle 5K as part of the Foundation’s campaign to raise more than $10 million for CRMC’s new cancer center.

The inaugural Scrub Shuffle will be held at Laramie County Community College on July 13 starting at 8 a.m. near the Physical Education building, with the race taking place on the Cheyenne Greenway.

“Medals will be awarded for the top three times in 10 age categories for children, women and men,” said Brent Weigner, race chair and a nationally recognized ultra-marathon and marathon competitor.

“We encourage all ages and levels of runners and walkers to join us,” Weigner said. “Ultimately the goal is to have fun and to support the development of the hospital’s new cancer center, which benefits our community.”

The entry fee is $25/person through July 10. The fee increases to $35/person from July 11 through race day.

Those with scheduling conflicts or who cannot participate in the Scrub Shuffle can register as a virtual runner or as part of a virtual team. The virtual individual and virtual team that raise the most money will be recognized on race day and will each receive a traveling trophy.

All participants will receive a scrub top imprinted with the race logo. “The organizing committee thought this would be a unique way to distinguish the race and showcase it as a fundraiser to benefit cancer care in our region,” Weigner said.

Online registration is available on Active.com by entering the keywords “Scrub Shuffle 5K.” Registration forms are also available online at cheyenneregional.org and at the Cheyenne Regional Fitness Center, 1620 E. Pershing Blvd.

“Participating in the Scrub Shuffle is a great way for our community to come together to show support for the new cancer center,” said Bev Gross, a three-time cancer survivor who is also a member of the race’s organizing committee. “It’s been a long journey to get a cancer center here in Cheyenne. It’s exciting to be able to contribute to the center’s development through an event that the whole community can get behind.”

In addition to the CRMC Foundation, Scrub Shuffle sponsors include American Medical Response, College America, Coldwell Banker, CRMC and LCCC.

For more information, call 635-3316.