JACKSON, CA – Sutter Amador Hospital welcomed 26 new patient beds to the hospital to provide the most comfort and support for patients in combination with the latest technology.
“These new beds provide several design features with state-of-the-art technology that can improve the level of care our patients receive,” said Melody Montgomery, R.N., chief nurse executive at Sutter Amador Hospital. “Hospital beds are where most patients spend the majority of their time and the new ‘smart beds’ help patients feel comfortable while also providing our care teams with an unprecedented level of information that enhances patient care.”
Sutter Amador Hospital is one of the first hospitals in the Sutter Health system to purchase the Hill-Rom Centrella Smart Beds for its Medical Surgical and Progressive Care units.
The new bed features include:
- USB ports that conveniently charge patients’ personal electronic devices and a storage area for their belongings.
- Advance patient controls that provides personalized comfort settings, entertainment options and nurse call buttons.
- Motion-activated nightlight that illuminates the path to guide patients to and from bed.
- Adjustable surfaces that don’t comprise on quietness.
- An auto contour feature that elevates patients’ knees when the head is elevated.
“Our team and the bed manufacturer worked together to make this a very seamless transition for our patients,” said Montgomery. “In addition to comfort, the new beds have extra features including fall risk measures and monitoring systems that are useful for both the patient and our care teams.”
The smart beds were funded by generous community support with a matching grant by Sutter Health matching grant providing nearly $180,000 for the beds that cost $367,600. Other large, generous donations came from Robert Dalton and the Sutter Amador Hospital Valley Emergency Physician providers.
“This was a unique philanthropy campaign because in less than three months we raised all the money we needed for the new beds,” said Jody Boetzer, senior development officer at Sutter Amador Hospital. “Thanks to the community members who gave so generously, our patients will have a more comfortable stay and have access to more features not previously available. This is one of many examples of how philanthropy is having meaningful impact and changing our patient’s lives in very profound ways.”
In addition to more comfort, the new beds feature the latest mattress technology and alert the nursing staff of potential fall risks to patients. The beds use floor lights and a warning system to alert care team members that a patient may be moving or at risk of a fall. The new beds allow nurses to weigh seriously ill patients without getting out of bed and the beds are rotational with air flow mattresses for pressure injury reduction.
“They are closer to the floor and provide an extra level of comfort and communication for our patients,” said Melody. “When we transitioned the first patient into the new bed the patient said, ‘I’m so comfortable, I’m not sure I am ready to go home.'”