Dr. Frey Makes Gift for Purchase of Vital Signs Monitor

Dr. Frey Makes Gift for Purchase of Vital Signs Monitor

In honor of her close friend and colleague Cindy Belt, Dr. Marilyn Frey recently made a generous gift to the Horizon Health Foundation of East Central Illinois.

Dr. Frey’s donation of a vital signs monitor allows Horizon Health staff to automatically measure a patient’s blood pressure, pulse, temperature, and oxygen saturation. It will be used for inpatients on the medical/surgical unit.

“We are thankful to Dr. Frey for this donation and the many others she has made to support local healthcare in our communities,” said Randi Bohannon, Foundation Executive Director.

With the gift from Dr. Frey, the medical/surgical unit now has two of the Phipps EarlyVue VS30 monitors. Each is permanently mounted in a patient room.

Each monitor can be programmed to measure vital signs as indicated in the patient’s care plan, said Darcie Mathews, RN, director of Horizon Health inpatient services. The goal is to have a monitor in all patient rooms, with vital sign data imported directly into the patient’s electronic health record, she said. Currently, mobile vital monitors are used in the hospital with patient data manually entered into the chart.

Dr. Frey has been a longtime donor and supporter of the Horizon Health Foundation and the Edgar County community. She is renowned throughout the community for her volunteer efforts, as well as her global contributions to the psychology profession. Like Dr. Frey, Cindy Belt was a proponent of local healthcare and supported development opportunities for young people. Cindy passed away in September 2021.