Gifts in Action - Our Top Stories
SoundCareKids is the focus of this year's Christmas Forest Fund-a-Need. Supported entirely by private donations, SoundCareKids is a support program for families with children who have experienced the death of a significant person in their lives.
Thanks to every one of you who support Providence St. Peter Foundation with financial gifts, gifts-in-kind or through volunteering. You change lives for the better, and we are grateful that you stand alongside Providence to help ensure that quality health care is made available to those less fortunate in our community, especially programs which serve the poor and vulnerable.
The Foundation elected three new members to its board of directors. Joining the board are Gregory W. Allen, M.D., Ph.D., a board-certified radiation oncologist with RadiantCare Radiation Oncology; Mary S. Gibbons, M.D., a board-certified family physician and long-time community volunteer; and Andrew J. Kapust, D.D.S., a board-certified orthodontist and pediatric dentist recognized as a Diplomate of The American Board of Orthodontics and The American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Each new board member will serve a three-year term.
At the end of life, or during critical illnesses, patients are often unable to make important medical care decisions. This places a heavy responsibility and burden on families, as well as health care providers. However, this can be alleviated through advance care planning, the process in which deliberate decisions are made by individuals about their health care preferences and who they want to make decisions for them if they become unable to speak for themselves. Read more
Music thanatology is a clinical modality that unites music and medicine in end-of-life care. In 2001, Providence became the first health system in the world to hire full-time music thanatologists. In the years since, the program has brought comfort and peace to hundreds of people as they faced the end of life. “The ministry of thanatology is about accompanying patients in their dying process through the comfort and blessing of music,” says Teresa Lynch, director of Spiritual Care for Providence in Thurston and Lewis Counties. “The presence of a thanatologist enhances and contributes positively to the healing environment.” Read more
Last year's Christmas Forest fund-a-need helped provide a new approach to better serve a stigmatized population. TJ LaRocque has been a provider of mental health services for over 18 years, the last 6 with Providence St. Peter Hospital, helping oversee the St. Peter Hospital psychiatric unit. During this time, he has gained significant perspective on how our systems provide help – and sometimes create barriers – for those with behavioral health challenges accesses services they need to succeed. LaRocque and many agree that services in our community operate as stand-alone programs, leaving vulnerable individuals to navigate a difficult and complex system. Read more
Providence St. Peter Hospital—in partnership with donors and our community—has worked for almost 50 years to create healthier environments. In keeping with this purpose, we opened the new Healing Garden on the oncology unit at Providence St. Peter Hospital in September. Read more
Becky Brewer, a donor and Providence St. Peter Hospital Community Board Member, lost her husband Ron Sundberg to cancer in February 2013. “The palliative care Ron received as an inpatient allowed him to talk about his life goals, what he wanted for the final time in his life, and what he needed to be comfortable,” Becky says. Read more