MCCH endowment donates medical utility vehicle to MSU athletics
MURRAY, Ky. - Saturday’s BracketBuster matchup against St. Mary’s College was an important night for the future of Murray State University basketball, but other athletic programs also received a boost during a timeout in the second half.
The Murray-Calloway Endowment for Healthcare at Murray-Calloway County Hospital donated a Medical Utility Vehicle to MSU athletics, which allows for safe transport of injured athletes. The vehicle features a MedBed that injured persons can be secured to for transport off the playing field. In outdoor sports such as football, track and field, soccer, baseball or softball, it can be difficult to roll a stretcher out to an injured athlete, so the MUV will help bridge the gap between the location of the injury and an ambulance or treatment area.
As a community-owned, not-for-profit hospital, MCCH is able to reinvest earnings into improving health care in the community. Whether through equipment donations like the MUV or Automated External Defibrillators or in the $14 million of charity care and bad debt provided in 2011, MCCH strives to put its dollars to good use to keep the region healthy. MCCH CEO Jerry Penner said the MUV donation helps fulfill one of his key goals for the hospital- community outreach and support.
The Endowment also recently donated an MUV to both the Murray Independent and Calloway County school districts. Keith Travis, Vice President of Institutional Development at MCCH, said the vehicles could also be used in emergencies to safely transport accident victims.
“The vehicles serve two major needs- first, to transport injured players and second, they could serve as an emergency medical rescue system,” Travis said. “Each vehicle is equipped with a MedBed that allows an injured person to be safely secured for transport. So this could be used at a football game or after a natural disaster.”
For more information on the healthcare initiatives of the Murray-Calloway Endowment for Healthcare, click here or call (270) 762-1908 or (270) 227-0253.