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Medi Gras fundraiser held to help Madison Hospital

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New equipment was the marquee objective of the Huntsville Hospital Foundation's Medi Gras Bash aimed at raising 75 to 100-thousand dollars for Madison Hospital. (Source: MGN) New equipment was the marquee objective of the Huntsville Hospital Foundation's Medi Gras Bash aimed at raising 75 to 100-thousand dollars for Madison Hospital. (Source: MGN)
MADISON, AL (WAFF) -

In the Madison Hospital Emergency Room, President MaryLynn Wright said a new Lucas Chest Compression device, while expensive, couldbe a lifesaver. Along with the Myosure Gynecological System, the Lucas Systemis at the top of the hospital's shopping list for new technology.

"When you've got a patient coming in in a traumasituation, having a heart attack, you need all the professionals to be doingeverything they can to care for that patient," explained Wright, "and the LucasChest Compression set is really another set of hands."

New equipment was the marquee objective of the HuntsvilleHospital Foundation's Medi Gras Bash aimed at raising 75 to 100-thousanddollars for Madison Hospital. Organizers said the foundations help buy newgear, but also better handle lean times for all hospitals as the affordablecare act cuts back on reimbursement paid for emergency room visits by patientswith no insurance.

"We truly do not know what the future holds for us whenit comes to reimbursement, and we have to watch every penny that we spend." Thereimbursement changes put some smaller hospitals on the verge of closing, makingthe Huntsville system's finances even more important.

"A lot of the smaller hospitals have struggled," saidCandy Burnett, President of the Huntsville Hospital Foundation. "We're able toprovide them with the resources they need and the support they need to keeptheir doors open, while at the same time those hospitals provide referralpatients for critical care needs."

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