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Providence supports patients through palliative care

April 26, 2013

Providence is committed to palliative care and addressing the needs patients in the Columbia Gorge. Thanks to a two-year, $170,000 grant from the Cambia Foundation, Providence can now care for more patients through the development of a comprehensive palliative care program.

Providence Hospice of the Gorge partner to lead culturally sensitive care presentation at national conference

February 05, 2013

Providence Hospice of the Gorge will be featured at the annual National Palliative Care Congress for their innovative program that provides palliative care and end-of-life education to the Latino community.

2012 Providence Festival of Trees benefits palliative care and Swindells Resource Center

December 17, 2012

Southern Oregon's 2012 Providence Festival of Trees grossed more than $487,100 to benefit palliative care and Swindells Resource Center.

Providence Home Health rated among top in the U.S.

November 07, 2012

For the fifth consecutive year, Providence Home Health has been named a top home care provider in HomeCare Elite’s annual compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the U.S.

New technology at PMMC offer early warning system

August 26, 2012

The new Modified Early Warning System, or MEWS, was launched at Providence Medford Medical Center in mid-July. The primary purpose of MEWS is to ensure swift intervention or transfer of critically ill patients, resulting in lower morbidity and mortality for our patients. Using a computer algorithm that runs behind the scenes, MEWS monitors vital signs and pages the unit charge nurse if a patient’s score reaches a specified threshold. Nurses then reassess the patient, notify the attending physician and follow a response-and-monitoring protocol. This automated alert comes directly from the electronic health record system currently in place at PMMC.

Providence receives grant to expand Palliative Care Program

August 24, 2012

With help from a Cambia Health Foundation grant, Providence Medford Medical Center is expanding its palliative care program to provide the full continuum of care. The interdisciplinary team is led by Medical Director Susan Kohler, M.D., and consists of a palliative care nurse practitioner, case managers and spiritual care chaplains. Providence currently offers palliative care on an inpatient and outpatient basis. The grant provides funding to expand the program and to help educate patients, families and physicians on the value of this extra support.

Hospice is about living

December 21, 2011

Butch Naumes was heartbroken when he said goodbye to his brother, Patrick Naumes. Their family found solace in sharing quality time at the end with Patrick, who spent his last days in the care of Providence Home Health and Hospice, and family members say they are thankful for the care hospice provides.

Stitching Together Threads of Hope: Prayer Shawls Comfort Hospice Patients

December 15, 2011

It’s a labor of love and hope for Mary Mullins. The 87-year-old resident of The Dalles, Ore., spends her free time weaving yarn into shawls and hats for patients in need.