Bothwell Regional Health Center awarded grant for medical equipment

Bothwell Regional Health Center has been awarded a Rural Hospital Medical Equipment and Supplies grant for $88,056 from the Patterson Family Foundation.

The funds will be used to purchase nine Eleganza 4 bed platforms and nine mattresses to replace current beds in the hospital’s Surgical Short Stay unit.

Maggie Schaffer, Bothwell’s Case Management and Quality director, applied for the grant for the opportunity to receive additional revenue and enhance patient care, comfort and safety.

“The new beds are electronically positional and will make post-operative mobility easier and safer for our patients who’ve received total joint replacements,” she said. “The mattresses have pressure relieving features, the ability to weigh patients and will connect to the existing nurse call system.”

The award also means freeing up funds from the hospital’s capital budget for other equipment needs.

“Financially, this is a huge benefit for us as we continue our financial recovery efforts coming out of the pandemic,” Schaffer said. “It’s a capital request we can fulfill without using money from the budget. I am excited we were able to obtain these funds that will benefit our patients and staff, and we appreciate the funding from the Patterson Family Foundation.”

The Patterson Family Foundation, based in Kansas City, Missouri, is a family-led foundation that extends the legacy of Neal and Jeanne Patterson. It was established to improve rural communities through health care, education, economic opportunity and beyond. The foundation is geographically focused on Kansas and western Missouri counties with fewer than 50,000 residents. Learn more at