HAMILTON CO. – The Hamilton County Telephone Foundation recently donated $16,000 to Hamilton Memorial Hospital to help towards installation of negative air pressure environments during COVID-19 pandemic.
Victoria Woodrow, Hamilton Memorial Hospital’s CEO, said in a statement, “On behalf of our providers, staff, Board of Directors, and the community we serve, we sincerely thank the Hamilton County Telephone Foundation for their continued commitment to our hospital. This contribution will be instrumental in helping provide quality healthcare during this national pandemic.”
Negative air pressure rooms are a type of patient environment that exhausts air from patient areas with potentially infectious illnesses away from other patients, visitors and healthcare staff. Negative air pressure helps prevent transmission of communicable diseases from escaping a room by pulling air out and then filtering the air before moving it outside.
Officials said the added installation will increase the negative air environments already present at Hamilton Memorial Hospital and further improve existing safety measures at the facility.
“On behalf of the Hamilton County Telephone Foundation, and its Directors, it is my privilege to present this donation to Hamilton Memorial Hospital District,” Kevin Pyle, Hamilton County Telephone Coop General Manager, said in a separate statement. “We are honored to support our local hospital knowing that all of our community benefits greatly by having a place to provide urgent and continuing healthcare services.”