New cots provide family bonding and comfort at NCH

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — North Country Hospital recently purchased five new “comfort cots,” that should provide more comfort and positive experiences for patients and their families.

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This new generation of furniture is a love seat, large enough for 2-3 people to sit in, a lounge chair, as well as a pullout hide-a-bed.

The new piece has multiple uses, with the opportunity for parents to be close to a sick child in a pediatric room or for a lactation consultant to sit beside a nursing mom.

“What a difference these new comfort cots are going to make for our families,” said Anne Flynn, RN, Director of Maternal Child Health at North Country Hospital.

Previously each of the patient rooms in the department provided an outdated hospital bed, out of commission for patients but referred to as comfort cots, for dad or a family member to stay overnight.

The purchase of five new cots was made possible by the hospital Auxiliary.

When hospital staff finally found the right piece of furniture, they approached the Auxiliary, proposing that this might be a project of interest.

“A few of us attended a demonstration when the hospital was in the process of selecting a model, and we were so impressed,” Auxiliary President, Betty Lahar said. “On behalf of the Auxiliary I am happy that our group voted to make this purchase for Maternal Child Health.”

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