May 20, 2009 -
The OMC Foundation continued its pledge to provide Olympic Medical Center with the equipment it needs to provide excellent patient care as it replaced the hospital laboratory’s aging courier fleet with the recent donation of two locally purchased Toyota Scions – funded by the Feb. 22 Hollywood Nights presented by First Federal event.
“Olympic Medical Center Laboratories has gone from performing just over 325,000 outpatient lab tests in 1999 to more than 1.1 million today,” says Bruce Skinner, executive director of the OMC Foundation. “During those 10 years the lab has used the same fleet vehicles to travel back and forth to Sequim every weekday, and over time those vehicles had become less and less reliable. We recognized their need for new vehicles to ensure their ability to maintain quality lab services for our community.”
Olympic Medical Center Laboratories provides high quality laboratory services to patients throughout the community. Every weekday from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., the lab retrieves lab specimens throughout Port Angeles and Sequim and delivers them to the main hospital for testing. In addition to scheduled courier routes, the lab retrieves specimens from physician offices on an emergent basis, as needed, to facilitate requests when timing is critical. It also transports vital blood products that are shipped through air service from Seattle – these shipments include special blood products that are life-saving for patients.
“We are very grateful to the OMC Foundation for the donation of these new lab vehicles. As of late, our previous lab vehicles had spent more and more time in the auto repair shop when they had been needed to perform important services,” says Steve Blackham, director of lab services at Olympic Medical. “Although we have needed new lab vehicles for some time now, we had chosen not to purchase new ones over purchasing other necessary medical equipment – the OMC Foundation stepped in to fill a need that is critical to our service and we are thankful.”
At retirement, the lab’s old courier vehicles – a GMC Blazer and a Ford Escort – had odometers that averaged over 200,000 miles. “Our old cars were work horses,” says Blackham. “They did their job well, but we look forward to a new era of reliability with these new vehicles.”
The OMC Foundation purchased the Toyota Scions from Wilder Auto, a local car dealership that employs more than 100 people locally. Whenever possible, the OMC Foundation purchases products that support the local and national economy. “Toyota employs more than 300,000 people in the United States and most of their vehicles are made in the United States as well,” says Skinner. “We are pleased with our decision to purchase Scions for the hospital and we know they will be reliable cars – a must for such an important service.”
The Olympic Medical Center Foundation has provided more than $1.5 million to Olympic Medical Center, and endowment funds have produced more than $700,000 in just eight years. This money goes towards the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment and patient services. The Foundation is dedicated to providing equipment and services that will bring the most benefit for patients here in our community. The OMC Foundation’s support comes from the many volunteers and donors who contribute to the Great Olympic Peninsula Duck Derby, Festival of Trees, Harvest of Hope, Hollywood Nights, the “Red, Set Go!” Women’s Heart Luncheon and Team OMC, as well as from planned giving and other donor opportunities.
Olympic Medical Center is a comprehensive health care provider for more than 70,000 residents of Clallam County. It provides inpatient services at its 126-bed acute care facility, and outpatient services, including imaging, rehabilitation therapy, laboratory, home health and comprehensive cancer care services at locations throughout the region. For more information call 417-7000 or visit us at www.olympicmedical.org.
With the exception of Gail Loerlein (lab customer service manager) the women in the photo are lab assistants
with courier responsibilities (from left to right): Susan Hickman, Gail Loerlein, Carie Metcalf, Susan Chesley
and Deana Wolfley.