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St. James Donates Beds

June 02, 2009
St. James Healthcare recently donated 26 hospital beds to the Ruby Valley Hospital in Sheridan and to Montana Tech’s Nursing Department in Butte. St. James is in the process of upgrading all of its 100 beds to stay abreast of the latest technology. “Our number one priority at St. James Healthcare is providing compassionate, high-quality care to our patients. An important part of that care is doing everything we can to ensure our patients’ comfort. While our beds are in very good condition and still have many years of useful life, the new beds have improved features that will enhance our patients’ hospital experience,” said Chuck Wright, CEO of St. James Healthcare. Montana Tech’s Nursing Program will utilize the beds in its fundamentals practice and skills labs. Tech appreciates and acknowledges the collaborative relationship it has with St. James Healthcare. Karen VanDaveer, Director of the Nursing Program at Montana Tech stated, “Donations such as these allow our program to provide accessible, affordable, and quality nursing education.” The donated beds will also benefit the Health Programs Department at Montana Tech’s College of Technology. Laurie Noel, the Department Head for the Health Programs said, “The Health Programs Department is very grateful for the donation because it will enhance our students’ education as they practice their skills at MT Tech College of Technology.” Ruby Valley Hospital will donate their much older but well maintained beds to the Veterans Administration. Mrs. Rebecca G. Larsen, Head Nurse at Ruby Valley Hospital stated, “In these difficult economic times it is truly a blessing to have received this generous and thoughtful gift. The entire staff and the community of the Ruby Valley are extremely grateful.”