Cincinnati Burns Institute may recover sooner and a little more comfortably due in part to a donation made on behalf of the associates of Clarke. The donation was used to purchase a Matabolic Monitor/Respiratory Care Unit. The monitor is used as a guide for respiratory therapists and clinical dieticians to accurately measure patient foor intake and metabolic rate. Nutritional status and food intake has proved to be a vital indicator of a patient's ability to recover from a large burn. Since using the monitors to accurately determine nutrional needs of severely burned children, the staff confirmed that they could improve recovery time by maximizing the nutritional intake of young patients.
At the annual Directors Meeting, the Board approved a plan whereby the company would make a contribution on behalf of all Clarke associates. Cincinnati associates selected the Shriners Burns Hospital after the long list of worthy charities was narrowed down to the one's that best met the established criteria. Shriners was particulary unique since it not only met the basic guidelines of benefiting children and having 85% or more of the donation directly benefiting the recipients, it also serves the middle section of the country, including patients from all of Clarke's branch cities. Their services are free of charge.
Team members visited the hospital to present the check, review the patient care, see the Metabolic Monitor in use, and gain an appreciation for the teamwork and involvement that goes into treating a young burn victim. The hospital in turn visited Clarke to set up an informational display in the Customer Support Center. Louise Hoelkner presented Clarke associates with a plaque which reads "As a grateful rememberance of the thoughtful and generous contribution to the Cincinnati Burns Institute Clarke Detroit Diesel-Allison is permanently inscribed in the Gold Book."
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On behalf of the patients at the Shriners Burns Hospital, Cincinnati, thank you for your thoughtful and generous gift.
The Shriners Burns Hospital, Cincinnati has been providing services to children since 1964. We have been privileged to treat over 12,000 children who have suffered burn injuries. With the revolution in the way that healthcare is delivered these days, the need for Shriners Hospital is even more crucial.
In 1997 Shriners Hospital for Children celebrated 75 years of providing the best care available. In those 75 years many advances have been made in the areas of burn treatment with significant number of those medical breakthroughs being accomplished at one of our hospitals. Patient care, research and teaching have always been the mission of Shriners Hospitals for Children.
As 1998 commences the tradition continues. We seek to make these children healthy, productive citizens and to do everything we can to make them successful in life. One of the most successful ways this is accomplished is through cooperation of the staff working with the family to provide family-centered care at it's finest.
Again, thank you very much for your support in this endeavor.
Ronald R. Hitzler