When your loved one is critically ill, no one wants to have to travel away from home to receive health care.

Thanks to a $20,000 POWER UP grant, along with other contributions, the Guadalupe Regional Medical Center (GRMC) in Seguin and its patients will reap the rewards of enhanced health services with a highly sophisticated piece of equipment.

The hospital’s new hemodynamic monitoring system will enable hospital staff to better monitor the internal systems of critically ill patients in the ER (emergency room), OR (operating room), and ICU (Intensive Care Unit) and will complement GRMC’s expanded cardiology program. This new unit can help provide a higher level of local care.

The impact of having this equipment available isn’t just in the City of Seguin, where the GMRC is located. The GRMC serves many communities within Guadalupe County, Wilson County and surrounding areas, adding up to an inpatient population of nearly 5,000. This higher level of care not only will result in a better patient outcome, but also help keep local revenue in the area.

“Many patients prefer to come to GRMC for their health care needs. Their families are close and transporting to another facility can be a hardship for patients and their families. We want to serve the community with the highest level of quality care possible.” Daphne Blake, Chief Nursing Officer, GRMC, Seguin ISD Mat Camp

Randy Rodgers, Seguin ISD Director of Digital Learning Services, had high expectations when he applied for a POWER UP grant for a new technology summer camp.

He hoped the camp would prove to be a fun way to introduce students to advanced technology like robotics, basic programming and multi-media presentations. He was also using it as a trial run to test inventive ways to engage students in technology learning—with the goal of integrating what they would learn into the school curriculum.

The MAT summer camps were a success on both accounts. They were so popular, the district increased the number the following summer. And teachers were provided with more tools for technology learning in their classrooms.

It’s a win-win for students too. They’re not just learning cool things, but valuable 21st century skills too.

“The camp planted the seeds of what is happening now. It was one more step in figuring out ways to engage students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills that could transfer to the classroom. We hit a home run.”
–Randy Rodgers, Seguin ISD

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