Raffle Helps BSHC Patient Experience
Manuel Gomes' check ups at Bowdoin Street Health Center just become a little easier. Instead of struggling to climb up onto the exam table, the 74-year-old now sits down and awaits a boost from his physician.
With the press of a foot peddle, Jean Alves, MD, is able to lift Gomes in place. The electronic exam table he uses was purchased with the proceeds from the Red Sox American League Division Series raffle held at BIDMC in October. The raffle raised $8,045.
"It's cumbersome for elderly patients to get onto the table," Alves said. "The electronic exam table scoops patients up and then lowers them back down."
This is the only electronic exam table at Bowdoin Street Health Center. Raffle sales for tickets to the American League Championship Series raised $6,750 for the Red Sox Nursing Scholarship. When the Red Sox made it to the World Series in 2007, raffle ticket proceeds topped $50,000 and went to support professional advancement for Medical Technologists, the Red Sox Nursing Scholarship and the Bowdoin Street Health Center patient services van fund.