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Olean General Hospital Auxiliary Helps Foundation Kick off Annual Campaign with Chicken BBQ to fund Central Fetal Monitoring System

Posted on: 10/30/2012

The Olean General Hospital Foundation will kick of the 2012 Annual Campaign with a drive thru chicken barbeque hosted by the Olean General Hospital Auxiliary Friday October 26, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Proceeds from this event will help fund a new $120,000 Remote Fetal Monitoring System for the Obstetrics and Gynecology Unit at Olean General Hospital.

A 2010 renovation and expansion project that was funded by community gifts totaling $750,000 allows the nursery at Olean General Hospital to accommodate 14 newborns with ample space for physicians to perform procedures. Additionally, families enjoy a Family Waiting Room that offers a relaxing and comfortable place to wait for the arrival of newborns.

“Our next most critical need is for a Remote Fetal Monitoring System. These systems provide important qualitative diagnostic information for time-critical, life saving decision and interventions” said Karen McGovern-Graham, RN, OB Nurse Manager. “The present system is older and only limited technical support is available if the system malfunctions. New systems offer state-of-the-art technology, 24/7 technical support, fetal monitoring strips, a sensitive alarm system and the opportunity for nurses to view all monitors at one time” added McGovern-Graham.

“One of the most exciting features of this new technology is that it will provide the ability for physicians and midwives to evaluate a baby’s heart rate for distress instantly during labor from our homes, offices or from a smart phone which can assist in making critical decisions”, said Dr. AnnMarie Zimmermann, Medical Director Universal Primary Care.

“This advanced technology gives clinicians critical real time information to help ensure the well-being of both mothers and babies” said Timothy J. Finan, President and CEO, Olean General Hospital.

WPIG 95.7 FM will be broadcasting live from the hospital during the kickoff. “We are grateful and appreciative to Jack Morton and all at WPIG for dedicating this day for the campaign. This will make it very special and exciting. We hope everyone will tune in to WPIG and support the drive thru chicken barbeque” added Dennis Pezzimenti, Olean General Hospital Foundation Chairman.

Those wishing to place orders early for the chicken barbeque may call 716-375-6119. To support the Olean General Hospital Foundation annual campaign, gifts may be made at, by mail to Olean General Hospital Foundation, 515 Main Street Olean, New York 14760 or by phone at 716-375-7445.

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