ASHLEY SCHWALENBERG, CLINICAL supervisor for the emergency department, shows off a transport chair. Ian Stepleton photo
ASHLEY SCHWALENBERG, CLINICAL supervisor for the emergency department, shows off a transport chair. Ian Stepleton photo

     OF ALL THE THINGS A patient worries about when visiting a hospital for a procedure, the wheelchair they may ride in probably ranks near the bottom of the list of concerns.

     They’re simply taken for granted.

     Fortunately for patients, Ripon Medical Center (RMC) and its Auxiliary do not take them for granted.

     And that’s why, the next time you go in for outpatient surgery or need to visit the emergency room, you may get the swankiest ride imaginable on your way in or out of RMC.

     “These are [special],” said Ashley Schwalenberg, clinical supervisor for the emergency department. “A lot of the bigger city hospitals, your bigger universities are using these, so when the [RMC] Auxiliary offered to buy them for us, we jumped at the chance. It’s such a wonderful thing.” ...

     To read the entire column, including how and why Ripon Medical Center was able to get its “swanky” new wheelchairs, see the July 5, 2018 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.