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Published on March 18, 2010

Family Members of Surgical Patients Supported by May Mitchell Royal Foundation

Family members awaiting their loved one’s progress in surgery will be aided by the purchase of two electronic patient tracking boards thanks to a $15,000 grant from the May Mitchell Royal Foundation. These signs will help caregivers track the progress of patients during procedures in the new Invasive Imaging and Surgical Services Department waiting room at MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland.  

According to Shelli Wood, R.N., B.S.N., M.B.A., Medical Center assistant vice president of nursing, the communication boards will be a valued addition to helping the Medical Center meet the special needs of family members.

“These specialized information boards will help family members track their loved one’s progress by using a private code,” Wood explained. “Code numbers protect patient privacy while also enabling continuous communication for the clinical staff, as well as the family concerning their loved one.” 

The new Invasive Imaging and Surgical Services Department waiting room is part of the Medical Center’s expansion and renovation project currently underway. The new waiting room is set to open in March 2012. 

In addition to this most recent grant, previous gifts from the May Mitchell Royal Foundation have supported equipment for MidMichigan’s cardiovascular services program, Center for Women’s Health, and Laboratory Department, among other needs.

Those interested in learning more about philanthropy at MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland may visit or contact the Medical Center’s Fund Development Department at (989) 839-3342.