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Event raises funds to help Bothwell Regional Health Center

become area’s first hospital to install a centralized cardiac monitoring system



SEDALIA, Mo., Sept. 19, 2016 — Tickets are on sale now for the Bothwell Foundation’s biennial benefit to be held at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Missouri Electric Cooperative Building on the Missouri State Fairgrounds.


The theme for the evening is “A Night in Havana” and features Cuban cuisine, signature mojitos, a salsa band from the Kansas City area and salsa dance lessons. The event also includes a live auction where participants can bid on a Kansas City Chiefs football package, Mizzou Tiger basketball package and a $1,500 decorating package from Dugan’s Paints & Flooring which includes large decorative pieces from Casa Bonita.


“We have a fantastic committee of foundation supporters planning this event, and they have done an outstanding job,” said Stafford Swearingen, president of the Bothwell Foundation Board of Directors. “It is a great way to enjoy a fun evening for a good cause.”

Committee co-chairs are Vicki Oberkrom and Cara Canon, and committee members include Libby Callis, Cynthia Decker and Shelly Kempton.

Proceeds from the gala will help Bothwell Regional Health Center (BRHC) become the area’s first hospital to implement a centralized cardiac monitoring system. The system connects all inpatient cardiac monitors to a centralized wireless computer system that is monitored by trained professionals 24 hours a day, regardless of where the patient is located in the hospital. The proceeds will also help the hospital purchase an additional 10 inpatient cardiac monitors, bringing the number of inpatient and outpatient cardiac monitors to 63. The total project cost is $640,000.


“Centralized cardiac monitoring means better patient care and increased patient mobility,” says Rose McMullin, chief nursing officer at BRHC. “For example, if we have a mother who begins to experience a heart rhythm problem after delivering her baby, in the past the mother would be separated from her baby to receive cardiac monitoring in another area of the hospital. Our new monitoring system will allow the mother and baby to stay together while the mother is being monitored. The monitor itself is about the size of a cell phone. The device is worn around the neck and the monitor wires are attached to wires that have been placed on the chest.”



To learn more about “A Night in Havana” or to purchase tickets:
Call 660-826-6263 or visit www.brhc.org.



Click here to learn more about BRHC’s centralized cardiac monitoring system.



About the Bothwell Foundation Benefit

The first Bothwell Foundation Benefit was held in 2008 and raised funds for cancer center needs and an endowment. In 2010, the benefit raised funds for the Canon Center campaign. In 2012, proceeds supported women’s health, nursery and pediatrics, and the Beykirch Birthing Center was named in honor of Bob and Dorothy Beykirch on behalf of the Beykirch family’s support of hospital newborn care. In 2014, the benefit helped the hospital purchase the area’s first 3D mammography to aid in diagnosing breast cancer in earlier stages for more effective treatment.

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