VFW donates vein-finding machine to hospital


Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3457 donate to the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. through the CHC Volunteers Association a vein-finding machine to help in the hospital’s laboratory. (Bea Cabrera)

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3457 on Saipan gave the Commonwealth Health Center yesterday morning a machine that would help its laboratory technicians locate veins in patients.

Members of VFW Post 3457 presented the vein-finding machine to the CHC Volunteers Association, which in turn will present the machine to the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.

VFA quartermaster Mariano Fajardo said the CHC Volunteers Association had reached out to VFW to ask if it could help them purchase a vein-finder machine that will be useful for dialysis treatment at CHC.

“We at VFA met after we got the [CHC Volunteers Association] letter, we voted on it, and purchased the machine for the hospital,” he added.

The vein-finder aids healthcare professionals in finding a good vein for the infusion of medicines and other liquids. It is compact and easy to use and is projected to save valuable time for both nurses and patients.

“We understand that sometimes it is difficult to locate a vein, especially if it’s very thin. With the machine, they can do it one time and do the procedure instead of poking the patient again and again, trying to find it,” Fajardo said.

Dr. Philip Dauterman, a physician at CHC, received the machine on behalf of the hospital. “We want to thank VFW and the CHC Volunteers for making such a generous donation to the CHC laboratory.

“It will definitely be put to good use for blood collection and blood drawing. With this machine, patients will be in less pain when getting blood collection,” he added.

John Oliver Gonzalez, who is president of the CHC Volunteers Association, said it is little things like this that adds up to making the quality of life of people much better.

“This sophisticated medical equipment will help augment the needs of our patients. We are grateful to VFW for graciously donating this important machine,” he said.

This is the first collaboration between VFW and the CHC Volunteers Association, but the VFW is not new to community outreach programs.

“The is the first time we’ve done something like this with CHC but we have been active over the years to help, donate, and give assistance to those in need,” Fajardo said.

Bea Cabrera

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