CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler Receives Donation Connecting Patients, Families
March 8, 2021
Tyler, TX - Thanks to a generous donation from COVID Tech Connect, CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler, has 15 new Samsung tablets for use by patients on the COVID Units. COVID Tech Connect is a group of volunteers across the nation working to equip hospitals with smart devices that allow COVID-19 patients to connect with their loved ones.
As part of the COVID Visitation Program, nurses Tyler Bryan, Sharon Jones and Meghann Miller serve as the communication liaisons between patients, their families and CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler caregivers. The nursing team knows first-hand how isolating it can be to not be able to see or speak with family members for long periods of time. This lack of communication can be particularly difficult when a patient’s outcome is unknown. The donated tablets will allow patients who don’t have access to a personal device to communicate effectively with their families.
“These are going to be a huge blessing to our patients. Their families aren’t able to come and be with them at the bedside and they often feel so alone,” said Bryan after receiving the tablet donation.
Until now, the COVID Visitation Program had a limited number of devices to utilize for the patients being treated at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler.
In addition to helping patients connect with their loved ones, these devices will be a vital communication tool for caregivers to give critical updates to family members.
“Families who have been unable to visit due to safety protocols are waiting at home by the phone, which can be difficult and frustrating. These devices will allow caregivers to bring a patient’s family up to speed in real-time by using interactive communication apps,” said Robin Rowan, Director of the CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Foundation.
In addition to securing this technology donation, the CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Foundation continues to raise funds to support vital equipment for patients and Associates. The philanthropy driven COVID Relief Fund has provided funding for personal protective equipment, pulse oximeters and thermometers for discharged patients, a mobile COVID testing unit and a new ICU ventilator.