Mickey DeMore (left) at the 2015 Angels Ball gala.
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Our Presence Health values matter across our entire health system, but it is in the setting of hospice and palliative care that they become essential. Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care ministry continuously provides care and comfort to patients who are reaching the end-stage of life. Rainbow is a place where patients can spend their final days with dignity—that is what initially impressed Mickey DeMore, now a beloved long-time volunteer and donor.
After many years of volunteering and serving at Rainbow, Mickey found herself relying on the ministry for her husband Jim. In time, Jim became quite ill with macular degeneration, dementia and other ailments. Toward the end of his life, Jim was in an intensive care unit and on multiple life-sustaining machines. “He looked so scared,” Mickey remembers.
At that point, she knew exactly where to go. Rainbow stepped in and chauffeured Jim and Mickey to the Ark, Rainbow’s inpatient unit. That is where Jim spent his final days. The Ark’s home-like environment was in stark contrast to the sterile hospital environment, and both Jim and Mickey immediately felt more at ease.
During that time, Mickey was impressed not only by the care Jim received, but also by the kindness and extremely helpful nature of the staff, which had a dramatic impact on Mickey.
“Although Jim couldn’t communicate at that point, I could tell by his eyes that he was more relaxed and at peace,” said Mickey. “Also, it was certainly more comfortable for me, knowing that someone who could help was right outside the door.”
Mickey’s involvement with Rainbow continued after Jim passed away. She still proudly supports Rainbow, philanthropically, working in the office and attending events. She is kind, understanding and grateful. But her gratitude does not come from any specific caregiving act that might have been performed. Mickey, as well as many other grateful families, connect with Rainbow’s broad patient-centric philosophy that stresses comfort and care rather than cure.