Highlight of Saturday Tours: The Ape-endectomy

Highlight of the Saturday Tours

Jocko is recovering nicely

Jocko is recovering nicely

One of the highlights of the Saturday tours is the Ape-endectomy. Join Christine Smith for a  live operation on her little friend. It is a crowd pleaser for sure.

And just so all of you know… Jocko is recovering very nicely in his newly redecorated Patient room looking out over the inner courtyard ‘Jungle’.

“Before the new hospital was built the old Palm Drive hospital had a monkey in a cage in front of the hospital. Dr. Holmes had told me about it, and older patients remembered it. He was named Jocko.”

~Ella Rose Smith

The New Vertical Beds Are Arriving

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Alisa Barnes, our new Emergency RN is demonstrating the new motorized multi-purpose transport
Alisa Barnes, our new Emergency RN is demonstrating the new motorized multi-purpose transport

Alisa Barnes, our new Emergency RN is demonstrating the new motorized multi-purpose transport

Always wanted a Convertible?
Now you are sitting pretty in the new ER

The new ‘Vertical Beds’ are arriving at Sonoma West Medical Center (SWMC) as part of our innovative patient care approach in Emergency. Most patients arriving at ER are placed in a vertical bed for diagnosis and observation. If the patient needs to lay down, then the ‘chair’ converts into a rolling hospital gurney. SWMC is investing in 4 vertical beds which are an integral part of the major upgrades we are making to our new approach… ‘No Wait – High Comfort’ Emergency Care.

Working Behind the Scenes

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Andrea Baker, RN

Andrea Baker RN, a former Palm Drive Med/Surge nurse, is helping to prepare Sonoma West Medical Center to reopen by cleaning out patient rooms, checking inventory, and setting up rooms with functional equipment. “I am happy to be a worker bee,” she says. “What could me more important than to do all we can to insure the health and well being of our community?”

Andrea Baker, RN

Andrea pushes a cart overflowing with old curtains removed from the patient rooms to be replaced by beautiful new curtains.

Andrea Baker, RN

Andrea moves equipment to a correct location after being stored in the cafeteria.

Laurie Buettner RN

Laurie Buettner RN

Rick Smith, Volunteer Coordinator

Rick Smith, Volunteer Coordinator

Laurie Buettner RN, who worked as a nurse at Palm Drive from from 1980 until it closed last year, is volunteering to help with clinical setup in the out-patient area.

Rick Smith, the new “volunteer coordinator,” is also the husband of Christine Smith, the manager of perioperative services. “It’s very exciting for both of us to be helping to reopen our new community hospital.”