Patents by Inventor David C. Newkirk

David C. Newkirk has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20130074343
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a panel assembly comprises the steps of: forming a base structure including a first layer and mounting members; bending the mounting members to define a mounting surface; forming a second layer; and coupling the second layer to the first layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventors: David C. Newkirk, Earl L. Rowland, Joseph H. Abel, John E. Billman, Timothy G. Schneider, Matthew T. Rosemeyer, Brian J. Hoffman
  • Patent number: 8375646
    Abstract: A headwall for a patient's room includes a panel having a vertically-extending front surface, an opening defined in the front surface of the headwall, and a door sized to be received in the opening. The door is vertically movable from a first position where an outer face of the door is flush with the front surface of the panel to a second position where the outer face extends parallel to the front surface and the door is positioned behind the front surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Newkirk, Charles L. Thomeczek, Jr., Joseph F. Meyer, Charles R. Beiser, Colt M. Weberding, Dale F. Meyer
  • Patent number: 8370977
    Abstract: A patient line management device to manage one or more patient care lines is provided. The line management device includes a line manager coupled to a support. The support is adapted to be coupled to a patient support such as a hospital bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Newkirk, Richard H. Heimbrock, James L. Walke, Robert A. Till, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8336138
    Abstract: A patient care equipment support system includes an arm having a first arm portion and a second arm portion that telescopically extends and retracts relative to the first arm portion along a substantially horizontal axis. The first arm portion includes a first end of the arm that is supported for pivoting movement about a substantially vertical first axis. The second arm portion includes a second end of the arm. A column is situated beneath the second end of the arm. The column includes a first column portion and a second column portion that telescopically extends and retracts relative to the first column portion along a substantially vertical second axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Newkirk, Michael E. Cerimele, Mark A Graham, Christian H. Reinke, Jonathan D. Turner
  • Publication number: 20120312196
    Abstract: An item support apparatus receives electrical power wirelessly and stores the electrical power in a power storage device at the item support apparatus. The item support apparatus supplies the electrical power for one or more electronic devices and/or applications, such as charging electronic devices, wireless data transmission, and/or operation of the overbed table.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Inventor: David C. Newkirk
  • Publication number: 20120258655
    Abstract: A gas delivery system for a patient room may include a centralized gas distribution system that provides a source of gas and a manifold for distributing the gas in the patient room. The gas delivery system may include a gas outlet coupled to a wall of the patient room and line connecting the gas outlet to the manifold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Inventors: Todd M. CARNELL, Brian J. Hoffman, David C. Newkirk
  • Patent number: 8258973
    Abstract: A patient care equipment support includes power and data connectors configured to be coupled to power and data connectors of patient care equipment when the patient care equipment is coupled to the equipment support to provide a power coupling and a data coupling between the patient care equipment and the equipment support. The equipment support is transferable between a first device, such as a hospital bed, and a second device, such as an overhead support arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: David C. Newkirk
  • Patent number: 8250686
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises an architectural system and a patient adjustment device. The patient adjustment device is coupled to the architectural system and adapted to pull on a patient receiver to move a patient received by the patient receiver and located on a bed relative to the bed to adjust the position of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David M. Minning, Troy D. Acton, Jon C. Tekulve, Christian H. Reinke, Robert Mark Zerhusen, David C. Newkirk, Jonathan D. Turner
  • Publication number: 20120043865
    Abstract: A headwall for a patient's room includes a panel having a vertically-extending front surface, an opening defined in the front surface of the headwall, and a door sized to be received in the opening. The door is vertically movable from a first position where an outer face of the door is flush with the front surface of the panel to a second position where the outer face extends parallel to the front surface and the door is positioned behind the front surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Inventors: David C. Newkirk, Charles L. Thomeczek, JR., Joseph F. Meyer, Charles R. Beiser, Colt M. Weberding, Dale F. Meyer
  • Patent number: 8104729
    Abstract: A patient care equipment support is transferable between a first device having a first spherical socket and a second device having a second spherical socket. The equipment support comprises an equipment supporting portion configured to support patient care equipment and a coupler extending downwardly from the equipment supporting portion. The coupler has first and second spherical portions configured for receipt in the first and second spherical sockets, respectively. The first and second spherical portions are rotatable within the respective first and second spherical sockets about a multitude of axes to compensate for misalignment between the coupler and at least one of the first and second spherical sockets during transfer of the equipment support between the first and second devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: James L. Walke, David C. Newkirk, Douglas A. Seim
  • Publication number: 20120005825
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises an architectural system and a patient adjustment device. The patient adjustment device is coupled to the architectural system and adapted to pull on a patient receiver to move a patient received by the patient receiver and located on a bed relative to the bed to adjust the position of the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Inventors: David M. Minning, Troy D. Acton, Jon C. Tekulve, Christian H. Reinke, Robert Mark Zerhusen, David C. Newkirk, Jonathan D. Turner
  • Patent number: 8065768
    Abstract: A patient support includes a lower frame, an upper frame supported above the lower frame, an equipment carrier coupled to the upper frame, and an actuator operable to adjust the orientation of the equipment carrier to compensate for the upper frame changing its orientation between the Trendelenberg and reverse Trendelenberg positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Graham, David C. Newkirk, Jonathan D. Turner, Christian H. Reinke, Stephen R. Hamberg
  • Patent number: 8056162
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus, such as a hospital bed, comprises a lower frame, an upper frame supported above the lower frame and configured to support a patient, and a support structure coupled to the lower frame. The support structure includes a lift having a movable portion that is movable generally vertically relative to the lower frame and relative to the upper frame. The movable portion of the lift is configured to carry a patient care equipment support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Newkirk, Richard H. Heimbrock, David W. Hornbach
  • Patent number: 8047484
    Abstract: A patient care equipment support is transferable between a first device having a first coupling member and a second device having a second coupling member. The equipment support comprises an equipment supporting portion configured to support patient care equipment and a coupler coupled to the equipment supporting portion and having first and second clamps. The first clamp is configured to grip the first coupling member and the second clamp is configured to grip the second coupling member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Newkirk, Cristian J. Daugbjerg
  • Patent number: 7992237
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises an architectural system and a patient adjustment device. The patient adjustment device is coupled to the architectural system and adapted to pull on a patient receiver to move a patient received by the patient receiver and located on a bed relative to the bed to adjust the position of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David M. Minning, Troy D. Action, Jon C. Tekulve, Christian H. Reinke, Robert Mark Zerhusen, David C. Newkirk, Jonathan D. Turner
  • Publication number: 20110168860
    Abstract: A patient care equipment support system includes an arm having a first arm portion and a second arm portion that telescopically extends and retracts relative to the first arm portion along a substantially horizontal axis. The first arm portion includes a first end of the arm that is supported for pivoting movement about a substantially vertical first axis. The second arm portion includes a second end of the arm. A column is situated beneath the second end of the arm. The column includes a first column portion and a second column portion that telescopically extends and retracts relative to the first column portion along a substantially vertical second axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Inventors: David C. Newkirk, Michael E. Cerimele, Mark A. Graham, Christian H. Reinke, Jonathan D. Turner
  • Publication number: 20110131057
    Abstract: A patient care equipment support includes power and data connectors configured to be coupled to power and data connectors of patient care equipment when the patient care equipment is coupled to the equipment support to provide a power coupling and a data coupling between the patient care equipment and the equipment support. The equipment support is transferable between a first device, such as a hospital bed, and a second device, such as an overhead support arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Inventor: David C. Newkirk
  • Patent number: 7934276
    Abstract: An end panel 312 for a patient-support apparatus 310 includes a main portion 316 and one or more movable portions 330, 332. The movable portions 330, 332 are movable to provide a barrier 318 in a gap between a siderail 360 of the patient-support apparatus 310 and the main portion 316 of the end panel 312.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Newkirk, Kenneth W. Meyer, John B. Wilker, Jr., Richard H. Heimbrock, James L. Walke, Robert M. Zerhusen, Michael M. Frondorf
  • Publication number: 20110084578
    Abstract: A support apparatus includes a patient assist bar that is coupled to a wall or to some other structure in a room of a healthcare facility, such as a headwall that is configured to be coupled to the room wall. The patient assist bar is pivotable a first axis that is substantially vertical and parallel to the headwall and a second axis that is substantially horizontal. The patient assist bar provides the patient with a stable support and guidance in moving about the room.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Inventors: David C. Newkirk, Dennis J. Gallant
  • Publication number: 20110083274
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus, such as a hospital bed, comprises a lower frame, an upper frame supported above the lower frame and configured to support a patient, and a support structure coupled to the lower frame. The support structure includes a lift having a movable portion that is movable generally vertically relative to the lower frame and relative to the upper frame. The movable portion of the lift is configured to carry a patient care equipment support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Inventors: David C. Newkirk, Richard H. Heimbrock, David W. Hornbach