REDLANDS, CA-- Thanks to the generosity of Beaver Medical Group and its their Community
Services Committee, Redlands Community Hospital (RCH) has six new wheelchairs.
The chairs were purchased after Beaver Medical approached the hospital
and indicated it wanted to support the hospital in a meaningful way. Wheelchairs
were identified as an area of need within the Emergency Department (ED)
and the funds were quickly provided.
Pam Allen, director of emergency services at RCH, said six user-friendly
Staxi wheelchairs were purchased and situated at three locales: near the
entrance to the ED, at the ambulance bay and in a rear hallway within
the department. The chairs, costing about $1,200 each, are easy to push,
are nestable and give the department a handsome, upgraded appearance whether
in use or stored.
“They stack one inside the other like a grocery cart,” Allen
said. “You can imagine how a grocery store would look if the carts
didn’t stack. That’s how the ED might look if our wheelchairs
didn’t nest.” The chairs were added to eight Staxi wheelchairs
purchased in 2014, which replaced older, more basic units. Now, all of
the department’s wheelchairs are similar in appearance, construct
and functionality. “What nice about these is they have a side compartment
that holds oxygen and they can still be stacked,” Allen said.
The chairs are primarily used to wheel patients into and out of the ED.
They are in particular demand by those with lower extremity issues, people
who are short of breath and stroke patients—RCH is an Advanced Primary
Stroke Center as designated by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of
Healthcare Organizations. While staff can assist patients as they enter
the ED by securing a wheelchair for them, those exiting can easily grasp
a chair and navigate out to their car.
“This is very important to us,” Allen said. “Patients
come to us short of breath, or having chest pain, or with lower extremity
discomfort, and if we don’t have wheelchairs to assist them, then
that creates great difficulty. And, we’re an approved stroke center—we
Allen went on to add, “We have a great collaboration with Beaver
Medical—a high percentage of the patients we see in the ED use Beaver
Medical as their primary care provider.”
Philanthropy is nothing new to the Beaver Medical Group. Each year the
Committee contributes to many not-for-profit organizations while also
donating to numerous cultural programs. For more information on Redlands
Community Hospital Foundation or to contact any department call (909)
335-5540 or visit our website at