Bear Valley Community Hospital Foundation funds for SNF, July 11, 2018

Volunteers with the Bear Valley Community Hospital Foundation present the Bear Valley Community Healthcare District board of directors with a $15,000 check to partially fund direct-access pillow speakers and TV entertainment systems slated for the hospital's skilled nursing facility, on July 11. Pictured are, from left, Connie Friel, Sarah Tully, Holly Elmer, Dr. Peter Boss, Donna Nicely, Rob Robbins and Gail McCarthy.

Patients living in Bear Valley Community Hospital’s skilled nursing facility will soon enjoy a quieter in-room experience thanks to fundraising by the hospital’s foundation.

Volunteers from the Bear Valley Community Hospital District Foundation handed the hospital district’s board of directors a $15,000 check on July 11 to help pay for new pillow-top speakers and televisions. The Gen4 pillow speakers will provide the 20 long-term patients a private TV experience. Currently, TV speakers blare out in the open hallways.

Each unit costs $1,700, bringing the total cost of funding the unit’s 20 beds to $34,000. Fundraising for the entertainment systems started in November.

Holly Elmer, president of the foundation, said next on the foundation’s radar is a wheelchair-accessible van that will allow patients, whose loved ones mostly live outside of town, to escape the isolation of the hospital’s four walls.

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