Erin Hawkins/Olympic Peninsula News Group                                The Sequim Dungeness Hospital Guild donated $36,000 from its thrift shop proceeds to Clallam County Fire District No. 3 at its annual Christmas appreciation luncheon last Thursday. From left, are Nancy McGovern, guild president; Caity Karapostoles, fire district office assistant; Chief Ben Andrews; Capt. Derrell Sharp; Assistant Chief Tony Hudson, fire administrative assistant Lori Coleman and Assistant Chief Dan Orr.

Erin Hawkins/Olympic Peninsula News Group The Sequim Dungeness Hospital Guild donated $36,000 from its thrift shop proceeds to Clallam County Fire District No. 3 at its annual Christmas appreciation luncheon last Thursday. From left, are Nancy McGovern, guild president; Caity Karapostoles, fire district office assistant; Chief Ben Andrews; Capt. Derrell Sharp; Assistant Chief Tony Hudson, fire administrative assistant Lori Coleman and Assistant Chief Dan Orr.

Sequim-Dungeness Hospital Guild gives fire district funds for software

SEQUIM — The Sequim-Dungeness Hospital Guild has donated funds to Clallam County Fire District No. 3 to buy a software upgrade that officials said will improve the district’s quality assurance and improvement methods.

At the guild’s annual Christmas appreciation luncheon last Thursday, guild President Nancy McGovern presented the fire district with a $36,000 check from the guild’s thrift shop to purchase First Pass Performance Improvement Software.

“This grant provided by the Sequim Dungeness Hospital Guild will ensure that we continue to provide great service today and better service tomorrow,” said Derrell Sharp, Fire District No. 3 captain, who applied for the grant.

Sharp said the traditional approach to quality improvement in the emergency medical system process can be cumbersome and time-consuming to identify specific areas for performance improvement.

He said the new software automates the first look at every electronically-generated patient care report to ensure protocol compliance, completeness of documentation and clinical care objectives have been met.

“With this First Pass software the [fire] district will be able to spend more time working on system improvements and training priorities that will improve patient outcomes rather than spending precious time filtering through every patient record to identify compliance or deviation from protocol standards,” he said.

In operation since 1970, the Sequim Dungeness Hospital Guild dedicates proceeds from its thrift shop at 204 W. Bell St. to area health and medical organizations.

Guild members donate funds twice a year, at the guild’s annual Christmas appreciation luncheon in December and at its annual fashion show and auction in the spring.

The Sequim-Dungeness Hospital Guild Thrift Shop is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, is usually closed on Saturdays and always closed on Sundays.

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