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Rotary Park Fund Grant Helps Heart Patients

Published on Wednesday, May 08, 2019
mike donaldson, patient with nursesWhen Michael Donaldson arrived at the McLaren Northern Michigan Cath Lab for a scheduled procedure, the pre-operative consult found he had extensive damage in his arteries. His scheduled procedure was cancelled and he was rushed into open heart surgery. Michael spent nine days in the Cardiovascular Unit (CVU) recovering from his emergency surgery.

“The staff took exceptional care of me,” Michael said. “It’s good to see a hospital place so much emphasis on the care and comfort of patients.”

When an open heart surgery patient is recovering, they can only use their legs to stand. They are not allowed to use their arms to help them get up. It was something as simple as a recliner that made a big difference in his mobility and recovery within the hospital.

A grant of $11,825 from the Rotary Park Fund helped purchase five new recliners specially designed for the medical setting. “The recliners provided me with much comfort, allowing me to sleep or doze,” Michael said. “It definitely helped in the healing process.”

Many patients in the CVU are also being treated for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Because of inflammation that obstructs airflow, and fluid buildup in the lungs, it is safest and most comfortable for COPD patients to sleep sitting up.

“The most important part of healing is moving and trying to get back to normal,” Michael said. “This would not have been possible without having a recliner in the room. I would like to personally thank the Rotary Park Fund for supporting heart patients at McLaren Northern Michigan.”

The five recliners purchased with the grant from the Rotary Park Fund have already served more than 992 patients like Michael who are recovering from open heart surgery or being treated for COPD.