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St. Joseph Mercy Saline - 2013 Dinner at Eight

Located 12 miles southwest of Ann Arbor, St. Joseph Mercy Saline provides outpatient services to residents of southern Washtenaw, Monroe and Lenawee counties. The facility offers 24-hour emergency care, a 23-hour short-stay observation center, laboratory services, radiology services, and physical therapy; and features a Community Health Pavilion as a venue for classes and events.

Proceeds from the January 26, 2013, DinneratEight event will benefit the 23-hour Observation Center at St. Joe’s Saline. This Center first opened in 2010 in response to a growing need to care for patients who require more management or attention than can be given in a doctor’s office, but do not need the extensive level of care that a full inpatient hospitalization provides.

For patients who are not ready to return home after an ER visit or who require lengthy monitoring during transfusion procedures, the staff in the Saline Observation Center are equipped to provide the ideal level of care.  The Observation Center provides extended outpatient services which can be arrange by primary care providers, specialist offices, and emergency center providers. These observation services include:

  • Pre-scheduled blood transfusions
  • Medication infusions
  • IV hydration
  • Ongoing ER evaluation for select illnesses such as
    • Chest pain needing exercise stress testing
    • Abdominal pain needing CT scanning
    • Minor asthma patients needing a several hours of treatments
    • Moderately severe allergic reactions needing close monitoring

On average, 300 patients are seen each year in the Observation Center;  a small, but functional space close to the laboratory, radiology, and emergency center areas. Like many observation areas, the Saline Observation Center was built with a focus on function rather than privacy and comfort.

Funds raised through the 2013 DinneratEightevent will be used to improve the space to offer a more peaceful, comfortable, and private experience for patients who need the services of an observation center. A Trinity Health designer will work with Emergency staff to identify how proceeds can be best used.  Options for adding privacy walls, re-purposing existing spaces, providing television or other sources of entertainment, and improving aesthetics will be considered as we create a space that provides the maximum benefits to the patients we serve.

Thanks to contributions to this year’s Dinner at Eight, patients will receive the 23-hour care they need in a comfortable, more private setting that is close to home at St. Joseph Mercy Saline.  

St. Joseph Mercy Saline is a 501(c)(3) non-profit health care organization and a unit of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System.  The financial support of the community as our philanthropic partner will help St. Joseph Mercy Saline meet the care needs of short-stay patients in our Observation Center.  Thank you for your support!

For more information about the event or how to make a gift, call the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System Office of Development at 734-712-4040.

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