BANGOR, Maine — In keeping with its community service mission, St. Joseph Healthcare is working with the Bangor Fire Department and the Bangor School Department to ensure all school buildings are adequately equipped with carbon monoxide (CO) detectors for the safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors.
On March 11, St. Joseph Healthcare will present a $2,500 gift to the City to purchase a sufficient number of these devices so that all Bangor school buildings will offer this protection.
“I want to thank our Fire Chief Scott Lucas and St. Joseph Hospital for their sense of urgency in helping keep students and staff safe while at school,” said Bangor School Superintendent Dr. Betsy Webb. “We are fortunate to have such dedicated community members.”
“I am pleased to have played a small role in the coordination of the very generous donation by St. Joseph,” reports Chief Lucas. “The project was inspired by Dr. Webb. Real credit belongs to her and the administration of St. Joseph who immediately acted on the inspiration. I am confident and comforted knowing these detectors will add an extra measure of safety for the kids and staff in all school buildings throughout the city.”
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can cause symptoms such as fainting, dizziness or nausea, even death, if inhaled in high concentrations. “St. Joseph Hospital is excited to be participating in this, says Jamie Perry RN, Director of the St. Joseph Hospital Emergency Department (ED). “We see a number of patients in our ED with symptoms of CO poisoning, particularly during the heating season. One of the best ways to prevent such accidents is through carbon monoxide detectors.”
Nationwide, about 500 deaths and 15,000 ED visits occur annually due to unintentional CO poisoning.
Note to Media: St. Joseph Healthcare will present its $2,500 check to the City at the Monday, March 11 meeting of the Bangor City Council. The presentation will be at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, Bangor City Hall, prior to the start of the Council Meeting. On hand at this presentation: Bangor Fire Chief Scott Lucas; Bangor School Superintendent Dr. Betsy Webb; Tiffany Howard RN, Clinical Leader, St. Joseph Emergency Department; Bethany McKnight, St. Joseph VP/Mission Services & System Integration.