Fort Wayne, Ind. – Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011 — Parkview Hospital officials today presented an update on a program that is making a positive difference.
The “No One Dies Alone” program, which started in December 2008, helps ensure that a patient who is actively dying has someone with them to help provide peace and comfort.
Trained volunteers are present with patients who do not have family members at their bedside when they are actively dying. The volunteer is able to hold the patient’s hand, play music on a compact disc player, read to the patient, or simply be present during this time.
Today, program volunteers discussed their roles in the program and the importance of serving others.
In addition, the program has received national recognition, and Parkview has been able to help several hospitals across the country establish programs similar to the one in Fort Wayne.
“This program demonstrates Parkview’s commitment to compassion and respect of patients in our care,” said Rev. Ann Lantz, director of chaplaincy services, Parkview Hospital. “Our volunteers are serving an important purpose, and we have been pleased with the community’s support and participation.”
Prior to “No One Dies Alone,” on average, two to three patients died each month at Parkview Hospital without family or friends with them.