Wound care patients and staff receive an upgraded experience from our Foundation donors

August 12, 2013
Native Hood River resident Shirlee Kerr has been cared for at PHRMH’s outpatient wound and ostomy clinic weekly for the last several years – enough time to feel at home in her surroundings.

On August 7, nurses Jan Thomson and Marilyn Anable were happy to present Kerr with an upgrade to her experience – treatment provided in a brand new wound-ostomy chair purchased by the PHRMH Foundation in honor of Dr. Christeen Osborn.

The staff of the clinic requested help from the Foundation to replace a chair that did not have the comfort level or treatment features needed by many patients. The department then decided to use the chair purchase to highlight their appreciation of Dr. Osborn’s contributions to the hospital. The Foundation joined in the effort, using funds donated from local residents in order to support local patient and hospital needs.

Kerr’s reaction to the new high tech seating and personal care?

“It’s great!” she said, smiling. Reflecting a bit more about her experience, Kerr added,  “I couldn’t have anybody better than these two nurses.”

The PHRMH Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit, operates 30 funds that serve Gorge residents. As an example of one of the other charitable programs-in-action, in the last year, over 167 Gorge-area women without insurance or insufficient insurance received free breast cancer screenings under the Foundation’s Julie Beliel Cancer Screening Voucher Program.

The upcoming employee giving campaign, kicking off in September, will offer Providence employees an opportunity to direct charitable donations toward the fund of their choice.  

For more information on the Foundation contact: Julie Raefield-Gobbo, Director at 541-387-6950 or Julie.Raefield-Gobbo@providence.org.