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Contact: Karl Sisson
WCA Director of Development
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Johnson Foundation Makes Grant to WCA Hospital for New Bladder Scanner in Special Care Unit

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Staff from the Special Care Unit at WCA Hospital show off their new bladder scanner which was made possible by a grant from the Johnson Foundation. (L to R: Nancy Swanson, RN – Senior Staff Nurse, Jessica Burroughs – Unit Clerk, Nadean Huck, RN – Senior Staff Nurse, and Ruth Walton, RN – Nurse Manager)

Jamestown, New York (Monday, May 6, 2013)—The Johnson Foundation recently made a $9,800 grant to WCA Hospital for the purchase of a bladder scanner for the Special Care Unit. Commonly referred to as the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), the nurses in Special Care now have the ability to utilize the bladder scanner to more effectively and efficiently assess critical patients who may be dealing with or have a history of bladder infections and other bladder-related issues.

The mobile bladder scanner enables the nurses to view the bladder and its contents more accurately through sonogram technology, a process that is completely non-invasive and only requires the use of a jelly-like transmission fluid.

This vital piece of equipment enables the Special Care Unit to reduce the number of catheterizations performed, thereby reducing the risk of urinary tract infections. While a catheterization procedure takes fifteen to twenty minutes to perform, the bladder scanner only takes one to two minutes.

“Thanks to this generous grant from the Johnson Foundation, we are not only experiencing better clinical outcomes, we are preserving the dignity of our patients by not subjecting them to an uncomfortable, invasive procedure,” says Ruth Walton, RN, Nurse Manager for the Special Care unit at WCA Hospital.

The Johnson Foundation provides funding to worthy causes that seek improving and providing a better quality of life in Jamestown and Chautauqua County in accordance with the terms of the will of the late John Alfred Johnson. For more information, please contact Carole Sellstrom at (716) 484-7190.

To support WCA Hospital, please contact Karl Sisson, Director of Development, at (716) 664-8423, visit, or mail your tax-deductible gift to: WCA Office of Development, PO Box 840, Jamestown, New York 14702-0840.

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