Presence St. Mary's Hospital
Title
Presence St. Mary’s Hospital Palliative Care Volunteer Partner Program’s Thoughtful Living Choices Campaign Garners National Recognition
Date
11/24/2015
Article

Presence St. Mary’s Hospital’s Palliative Care Volunteer Partner Program (PSMH) has received national recognition from the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) for its Thoughtful Living Choices campaign.  Representatives of PSMH’s Palliative Care team were invited to present a poster abstract and answer questions about their innovative program at the CAPC National Conference in San Antonio, Texas on Nov. 12. 

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses.  It focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The mission of the PSMH Volunteer Palliative Partners Program is to provide healing and hope to enhance the experience of palliative care patients and family members through the use of supplementary specialty services.

Over 1,000 attendees had an opportunity to meet with the PSMH team to learn how volunteers enhance their Palliative Care Program.  The PSMH conference representatives included Sue Giacchino, DNP, APRN, Lynn McDonald, MD, FACP, Regional Medical Director of Palliative Care, Ronda Bond, Kankakee Regional Director of Volunteer Services, and Pete LaMotte LCSW, ACM, ACHP-SW, Director of Palliative Care. 

“The Center to Advance Palliative Care is the organization that palliative care practitioners access for innovation, development and growth,” said LaMotte.  “It was an amazing honor to have the opportunity to share about a unique service that we provide to our PSMH patients at the organization’s annual national conference.  We interacted with over 1,000 palliative care leaders and peers from across the country, and the world!”

Activities of PSMH’s Palliative Care Volunteer Partner Program include assisting social workers and visiting with patients and families to provide:  education and support, legacy thumb-print craft, comfort care, music therapy, games, spiritual support, bereavement beverage and snack care, end-of-life education and support and much more.

“We are proud of the meaningful work of our Palliative Care team at Presence St. Mary’s Hospital and are honored to be recognized by the Center to Advance Palliative Care,” said Kathleen Rhine, Regional President & CEO, Presence Health South Suburban Region. “They are a brilliant example of our Presence Health mission for community health.”

PC Team at Conference

PSMH’s Palliative Care team at CAPC National Conference, pictured from left to right: 
Sue Giacchino, DNP, APRN, Lynn McDonald, MD, FACP, Regional Medical Director of Palliative Care,
Ronda Bond, Kankakee Regional Director of Volunteer Services, and Pete LaMotte LCSW, ACM, ACHP-SW, Director of Palliative Care

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About Presence St. Mary’s Hospital
Presence St. Mary’s Hospital is a 186-bed acute care facility with a Level II Emergency/Trauma Center. Presence St. Mary’s Hospital serves Kankakee and the surrounding counties, is a designated Primary Stroke Center, and has received Full Heart Failure Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.  PSMH has also received national awards for Patient Safety, was named to the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings of Best Hospitals and to the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience by WomenCertified Inc., home of the Women’s Choice Award.  Visit PSMH online at www.presencehealth.org/stmarys-kankakee.

About Presence Health

Created in November 2011, Presence Health is the largest Catholic health system based in Illinois. With over 150 sites of care, including 12 hospitals, Presence health has 20,000 employees, 4,000 medical professionals and a revenue base of $2.6 billion. 

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