Left to right: Norpac Environmental Manager Tom Rozwod, Community CEO Gregory Pang, Community Development Coordinator Makayla Walters, Norpac Sitewide Coordinator Brian Hewitt
LONGVIEW, Wash., November 6, 2014— The Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund has granted $9,400 to Community Home Health & Hospice (Community) for medical equipment. Weyerhaeuser funded nearly $154,000 to community projects this year. For Community, the grant will go towards the purchase of six CoaguChek XS kits that will benefit patients across its four-county service area.
“Patients will be treated quicker, feel better faster and stay better longer with this improvement,” said Community Home Health Director Randy Dalton, RN. “We are so grateful to Weyerhaeuser and their involvement with the agency. They are really making a difference in the quality of care Community is able to provide. Our 47 nurses currently share 23 kits as they travel across four counties. The extra CoaguChek XS kits will cut down on staff drive time and schedule coordination.”
A CoaguChek machine measures blood levels with the prick of a finger and a drop of blood on a disposable test strip. The system shows the level of coagulation, this allows the nurse to get immediate results to physicians so that they may adjust the anti-coagulation medication. According to multiple physicians, the CoaguChek is reliable technology that can help prevent a patient from entering a dangerous and potentially fatal level of coagulation.
“Many of our patients and their families are connected to Weyerhaeuser in some way. When they see that Weyerhaeuser is a long-time supporter of Community, they find even more comfort in the care they or their loved ones receive because of the sense of community support,” said Community Hospice Director Teresa Martin, RN.
Community CEO Gregory Pang was ecstatic about the grant, “The support Community receives from Weyerhaeuser allows us to make a difference in the lives of our patients and their loved ones. Each dollar allows us to do a better job serving our community and we couldn’t be more grateful.”