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The $30,000 baby

Donor gifts Community birth center with training doll

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ANDERSON — A donor recently bought Community Hospital Anderson a $30,000 baby doll that will change training for the staff at the New Generations Birth Place.

The doll doesn’t look like any regular baby doll, though. It moves like a real baby. Nurses can even start an IV on its rubber-like skin and the hole will eventually go away.

“Everything we can do on a real baby, we can do on (the training baby),” said Deidre Kettery, staff educator of the department.

The Gaumard Tory S2210 can be used to practice a variety of medical incidents that could happen with a baby, such as intubation, the use of a flexible plastic tube in the trachea to keep an airway open. The baby comes with male and female genitals for practice with inserting catheters.

The baby’s cheeks even turn blue when the baby isn’t receiving enough oxygen.

The Tory comes with a large monitor to show the trainers all of the vitals, how the baby is responding and whether the exercise is working. There’s also a virtual monitor for the students to use. The wireless training doll uses Wi-Fi to connect with the monitors.

The use of the monitors and programs will allow the educators to go through what went well and what didn’t on a simulation step-by-step. They can also record the scenarios.

The program came with several pre-built scenarios staff might encounter in complications with babies. The program also allows the educators to build their own scenarios and create new ones as needed.

Every person in the department is trained on the Tory, including the secretaries, Kettery said. The cross training of all employees ensures in an emergency situation, any staff member could be pulled in to take notes.

“This way, they’ve seen it before,” Kettery said. “They know what certain things are called so they can help us. Most of the time, the clinical staff is very focused on doing the process and not (explaining it.)”

While it will help train the nurses so their skills are technically good, the training will help with confidence in those high-stress situations as well.

“The amount of knowledge that we’re going to be able to gain from this is out of this world,” said Beth Sovern, staff educator of the department. “It’s just going to help us become more comfortable in situations we’re not sometimes.”

Kettery said she started asking for a training baby doll like this about 10 years ago.

“Everybody was like ‘You want a $25,000 baby?’ And now, it is $30,000,” she said.

Before Community Hospital Anderson had the baby donated, educators from Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health were able to train employees in Anderson once a year because of a grant. It was difficult to get all of the nurses trained with the roughly 40 who work in the department.

Now, Community Hospital Anderson can do the training in house whenever it's convenient for employees and as frequently as the educators would like.

The department had a training doll before, but it was basically a shell and wasn't realistic, Kettery said. CPR could be practiced on the doll, but it didn't perform any functions.

The donation was from Eulala Roettger in honor of her sister, Hildred Adler. Adler was a nurse for the department for a long time before she died in 1999.

Kettery said even though she never worked with Adler, she has heard stories about her.

Roettger said she was sold on donating the Tory as soon as she saw a demonstration.

“When I learned everything that this baby would do, I immediately thought of the stressful situations my sister was in when she was the head of the OB department,” she said. “I thought no other nurse should have to go through that.”

Roettger named the baby Hildred when it’s a girl and George, after Roettger’s nephew, when it’s a boy.

Tom Bannon, chief foundation officer at Community Hospital Anderson, said he knew the Tory is exactly the kind of donation the foundation seeks.

“The Foundation loves projects that positively impact our patients, employees, quality of care and the community. This project checked all of those boxes,” he said. “Her gift will be meaningful and have quite an impact.”

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