Symbolic check for Geriatrics Institute

Symbolic check for Geriatrics Institute

A symbolic check for 200,000 euros was handed over to the director of the Highly Specialized Institute of Geriatrics of St. Paul. St. Luke's in Košice to George. Sýkor's Director for External Relations Ján Bača and the administrator of the U. S. Steel Košice Foundation Slávka Tvrdoňová.

On Friday, October 27, 2023, at St. John's Highly Specialized Institute of Geriatrics. St. Luke's in Košice was inaugurated on the reconstructed 5th floor.

"We started work on the reconstruction of the fifth floor on February 22, 2022. We used various ecological materials, modern technologies. Each room is wheelchair accessible, has fire protection systems, internet connection, not only for the needs of staff, as we are switching to a digital medical visit, but also for the needs of the patient. The beds, there are three in each room, are equipped with a wireless patient-nurse summoning system. It also works on the principle of a bell on a bracelet, with which the patient can comfortably call for help from the bed in case of emergency. The rooms are fully air-conditioned, have central oxygen supply, camera systems and TV, bathrooms are spacious. The rooms therefore have high-quality material and technical equipment, which we were able to acquire thanks to the financial donation of the U. S. Steel Košice Foundation.  I would like to thank our partner for this. He really helped us significantly and moved us forward in our efforts,"  said Juraj Sýkora, director of the institute, before the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The new space was blessed by Mons. Bernard Bober, Slovak Roman Catholic Archbishop, Metropolitan of the Archdiocese of Košice. The invited guests, including Ján Bača, Director for External Relations of U. S. Steel Košice, and Slávka Tvrdoňová, Administrator of the  U. S. Steel Košice Foundation, then took a tour of the renovated rooms.

A financial injection of €200,000 from the U. S. Steel Košice Foundation helped the institute to equip the newly breathing spaces, which will accept the first patients today, with medical devices and other devices. The provision of health and social care for sick seniors, long-term ill and dying patients will be better thanks to new electric bedside tables, which have replaced ten- and twenty-year-old special beds. They have a nursing module for patient operation and positioning, are easily disassembled and are made of materials that can be disinfected without any problems. The staff especially praised the modern wireless patient-nurse call system.

Financial support of the foundation also served for the purchase of new physiotherapeutic devices for magnetic therapy and electrotherapy, which are applied in chronic, acute, as well as postoperative conditions. In addition to electrotherapy, a modern combined electrotherapy device also serves for ultrasound examination. "With his help, we examine thirty to forty patients a day. So he's going to be pretty busy,"  said physiotherapist Samuel Caban. "Indications are, for example, conditions after a fracture. It serves, among other things, to relieve soft tissue swelling, pain and general blood supply to the limb."

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