February 6, 2019
FCFP and Hospital Auxiliary Purchase Patient Engagement System for UPMC Susquehanna Long-Term Care
First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania (FCFP) recently contributed more than $17,000 through the Waldron Memorial Fund Grant to UPMC Susquehanna’s Muncy Place in Muncy. With matching funds from the Muncy Valley Hospital Auxiliary at UPMC Susquehanna Muncy, the center was able to purchase an innovative new system for resident and patient engagement called It’s Never 2 Late (iN2L).
“The Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center plays an important role in our community by caring for an aging population, post-surgery patients going through rehabilitation, individuals with dementia, and patients on ventilators,” said Sherry Watts, vice president of development, Susquehanna Health Foundation. “iN2L combines touchscreen computers with intuitive, picture-based software and an extensive, continually updated content library to provide a personalized experience for each and every resident. It can be utilized for restorative, family interaction, or leisure purposes, as well as in group settings or one-on-one.”
The FCFP grant, along with the matching funds from the auxiliary, enabled UPMC Susquehanna to purchase two mobile units with a flex arm for the screen to adjust to the residents’ needs as well as one large, adjustable wall-mounted television for the main activity space at the center.
“It’s engaging, user-friendly, and the residents and patients enjoy using the system,” said Cassie Neidig, lead activities associate, UPMC Susquehanna. “This system offers our team additional ways to work our residents and patients. iN2L allows virtually any person with an interest in using a computer to do so, regardless of background, physical, or intellectual abilities. It’s taking care to another level.”
The Waldron Memorial Fund at the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania was created by the late Margaret E. Waldron in 1976 to address the needs and opportunities of the Muncy area and to benefit selected nonprofit organizations of interest to Ms. Waldron during her life.
“FCFP is pleased to support the It’s Never 2 Late project with a grant from the Waldron Memorial Fund. This grant allows Ms. Waldron’s legacy to continue by supporting a project that will sustain the health and well-being of the residents in Muncy and surrounding areas,” said Erin Ruhl, Director of Community Engagement, FCFP.