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Payten and other children and young adults at St. Mary’s Home will benefit from a new nurse call system made possible with generous support from The Beazley Foundation and other organizations and individuals. (photo by Tony Cece)

NORFOLK, Va. (April 16, 2019)— A $100,000 grant from The Beazley Foundation will help St. Mary’s Home replace its nurse call system, enhancing the care that the nonprofit provides for young people with disabilities. 

Significant improvements in technology have made St. Mary’s current nurse call system obsolete. The upgraded system will provide a quick, reliable method of communication, improving workflow and staff response time.

Our nurses will be able to easily receive medical alerts, have two-way communication with team members and route requests as needed to others on the care team. The system also can be linked to medical equipment to provide additional information to caregivers when responding to calls.

“The improved technology of a new nurse call system will enhance our ability to provide superior quality care and real-time support to the individuals we serve, their families and staff,” said Liz McCuean, RN, St. Mary’s director of nursing.

“Meeting these needs more efficiently means that the children and young adults spend less time focusing on healthcare-related tasks, leaving them more time to learn, laugh, play and enjoy all of good things that a day at St. Mary’s Home brings,” McCuean said. “This call system will aid us in our mission to foster individual growth, health, independence and overall happiness for all of the people we are so lucky to support.”

Nurse Call System Supporters

In addition to the Beazley Foundation in Portsmouth, St. Mary’s also has received funding from the following to support the new system:

  • Bank of America
  • Southeast Virginia Community Foundation
  • Suffolk Foundation
  • Kiwanis Club of Chesapeake
  • TowneBank
  • Capital Group
  • Carl M. Albero, honorary member of St. Mary’s Board of Directors

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