The program also has included the hospital's purchase of 30 new chairs for patients on the third floor of CAMC Memorial Hospital.
"We spent a lot of time [looking for] chairs for patients with good support that they wouldn't fall out of," Mimnagh said.
The hospital settled on six Empath chairs for $3,200 apiece. The chairs have four wheels and can be used for transporting patients. It also purchased 24 other chairs for $1,100 each. The less-expensive chairs have a 350-pound weight limit, she said.
The hospital started using the chairs and the mobility technicians in September, Mimnagh said. Since then, none of the patients has suffered bone fractures from falling, she said.
All of the chairs have material that can be easily cleaned, she said.
"We think this is a worthwhile investment in a good-quality chair that will last for years, because we're here to stay," Mimnagh said.
She said she thinks the program also will help reduce the number of patient re-admissions to the hospital. More chairs and mobility technicians will be added later throughout the hospital, she said.
The hospital board also agreed to borrow $20 million for unspecified future projects, Hudson said.
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