Intermountain Healthcare has made a generous donation of $35,000 to the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District Foundation to support the development of a hypertension awareness program, expanding library patrons' access and ability to self-monitor their blood pressure. The donated funds will be used to purchase kits containing a blood pressure monitor, disposable cuff, instructions, and educational material about blood pressure.
Once the program is launched, patrons will be able to check out a kit for three weeks at no cost and monitor their blood pressure from the comfort and privacy of their own home. Checking out a kit allows for more frequent and consistent blood pressure readings, thus allowing users to learn about blood pressure issues sooner than if they were to wait until a physician visit. After being returned to the library, staff will replenish any resources that have been used, clean the monitor and replace the cuff. This program is the first of it's kind for the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District and will be a welcome addition to the expansion of the Library of Things that are available for checkout.
Intermountain Healthcare operates medical facilities in Nevada and in six other western states. Intermountain is a nonprofit system of 33 hospitals, 385 clinics, medical groups with some 3,900 employed physicians and advanced care providers, a health plans division called SelectHealth with more than one million members, and other health services. Helping people live the healthiest lives possible, Intermountain is committed to improving community health and is widely recognized as a leader in transforming healthcare by using evidence-based best practices to consistently deliver high-quality outcomes at sustainable costs.