ECHO acquires EKG with CCCF grant

Friday, July 27, 2007
Registered Nurse Karen Welch reads an EKG print-out on Domincan Republic citizen Vlma Beato during a recent clinic of Eureka Christian Health Outreach.

EUREKA SPRINGS -- Eureka Christian Health Outreach (ECHO) received a grant from the Carroll County Community Foundation (CCCF) and purchased an EKG machine valued at $2,500. The machine was used for the first time at ECHO's clinic held on June 28.

ECHO Doctor Dan Bell said, "The availability of an EKG machine in the facility allows ECHO to provide better medical care in two different aspects. Sometimes patients will have symptoms that are vague. An EKG machine allows for the early diagnosis of potential heart problems in cases like these."

He continued, "One woman came into the clinic from the Dominican Republic. As she is not a citizen, she isn't eligible for Medicare. She was nervous, upset and having chest pain. The EKG machine assured this woman that her heart was fine and allowed her to relax." An EKG machine has the potential to prevent heart attacks and save lives.

ECHO Board President Suzie Bell said, "We are immensely grateful to CCCF for their continued support in the health of those unable to have healthcare due to a lack of insurance and funds."

EKG machines are not 100 percent accurate in heart assessments, however they are largely helpful in the evaluation of any cardiac situations and serve as a great asset to ECHO and its patients.

ECHO clinics are held on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month from 5 to 9 p.m., except holidays, in th elower level of Faith Christian Family Church on Ark. Hwy. 23 South. Contact Clinic Coordinator Suzie Bell for more information.

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