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St. Anthony Hospital Foundation donation

St. Anthony Hospital Foundation donation

Tuesday, March 1, 2005

Foundation news

For more information, contact: Larry Blanc

Thank you to the Layton Edith Roehlk and Donna B. Mann Charitable Trust for its recent $15,384 donation to the St. Anthony Hospital Foundation for its purchase of rehabilitation equipment for the hospital's outpatient therapy clinic at 1425 Southgate next to the Round up Athletic Club. Funds are dedicated to purchasing an anodyne light therapy unit which has shown to improve circulation for people with diabetic neuropathy, or nerve damage.

"This is a very generous donation," said June Mohrland, Director of Support Services at St. Anthon Hospital.

Neuropathy can cause a lack of sensation and impaired blood flow to the feet. Then if the foot is injured, it may be less able to fight infection or heal itself. Diabetic foot complications are the No. 1 cause of non-traumatic foot amputations in the United States.

"We're hoping that this will improve the quality of life for diabetics in Pendleton," said John Airoldi, St. Anthony Hospital's Director of Rehabilitation. "Treatment can be up to three times a week. Having this equipment available in Pendleton will make it much easier on the patient."

The funds also allowed the clinic to purchase a NuStep seated step exercise machine that adds attachments for arm movement. Airoldi said the stepper is a wonderful tool for people undergoing therapy following a total joint replacement or for sports related injuries.

Call 541.278.6610 for an appointment or more information.