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PeaceHealth offers hospice volunteer training - 09/24/18

PeaceHealth Hospice is seeking volunteers to work with patients and families to provide important hospice services including respite care, and to volunteer at the Ray Hickey Hospice House. Respite care volunteers provide short-term relief for primary caregivers. The volunteer commitment is four hours per week for one year. Training for this volunteer activity is scheduled for:
When: Oct. 1, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: The training session  will be held at PeaceHealth Southwest's Hope Bereavement Center at 5400 MacArthur Blvd., Vancouver, WA. A light lunch and snacks will be provided. The training will include information on important topics including:

  • Hospice history
  • Policies, laws and regulations
  • Emergency situations
  • Volunteering
  • Cultural competence
  • Understanding family dynamics
  • Setting boundaries
  • Communication and listening skills
  • Spiritual caregiving at end of life
  • Self-care
  • Infection control
  • Diseases
  • Death and dying
  • Understanding grief and loss

NO ONE DIES ALONE
PeaceHealth's Hospice program is seeking compassionate volunteers to sit with solitary hospice patients during the last hours of their life journey. Our innovative program "No One Dies Alone" (NODA) ensures every one of our hospice patients will pass in the loving presence of another human being. Volunteers are invited to attend the training session on:
When: Friday, Oct. 5.
Where: 
The training session is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Lunch and snacks will be provided. The session will be held at PeaceHealth Southwest's Hope Bereavement Center at 5400 MacArthur Blvd., Vancouver, WA.
Contact: To register for the training, or if you have questions, contact Colleen Storey at cstorey@peacehealth.org or call 360-696-5120.

What is the role of a NODA volunteer?

  • Advocate for the patient when that person is alone or unable to speak for him/herself
  • Provide comfort/support for the patient
  • Provide a presence of peace and calm
  • Hold patient’s hand, read to the patient, be attentive to patient’s comfort

What is required of a NODA volunteer?

  • A caring heart/compassion and willingness to help others
  • Active listening skills and comfortability with intense emotions
  • Integrity with ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to sit for long periods of time
  • Patience/dependability
  • Ability to be comfortable with death

About the No One Dies Alone program:
NODA is designed for patients who are on comfort care and are expected to pass within 24-48 hours. Vigil shifts for volunteers are four hours long, and volunteers are contacted on an as-needed basis.

OTHER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Additionally, hospice volunteers who will work directly with patients are asked to attend "Patient Care Training" on:
When: Monday, Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: PeaceHealth Hope Bereavement Services
5400 MacArthur Blvd., Vancouver, WA 98661
For information or to RSVP please call 360-696-5069 or email ahansen@peacehealth.org

About PeaceHealth Hope Bereavement Services
Hope Bereavement Services is a program of PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, providing emotional support and information for healing. We offer bereavement support groups and counseling to members of our community, including individuals, families and children.

About PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center
The region’s health care leader and steward for 155 years, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center is a community-owned, not-for-profit, 450-bed, medical institution located in Vancouver, Washington. Repeatedly recognized nationally as a 100 Top Hospital, PeaceHealth Southwest provides a full range of outpatient and inpatient diagnostic, medical, and surgical services to Clark County residents. PeaceHealth Southwest is also one of Clark County’s largest employers with 3,400 employees and 600 active medical staff members that help support dozens of medical specialty services and programs, including cancer, heart, emergency, trauma, neuro-musculoskeletal, family birth, and primary care. For more information visit http://www.peacehealth.org/southwest.

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Find Sasquatch and win a prize! (Photo) - 09/21/18

EUGENE, Ore. – Sasquatch stories are legendary--ordinary people claiming they saw a hairy, apelike creature deep in the Pacific Northwest woods. There have been 245 reported sightings in Oregon alone.

Now all of Eugene can join in the mystery. PeaceHealth Rides, Eugene’s bike share system, will release a special Sasquatch-themed bike into the wild on Sun., Sept. 23. 

In the coming months, riders can win a prize if they track down the illusive Sasquatch bike, take their photo with it and post their photo on social media with the hashtag #IFoundSasquatch. They just need to show their social post--with hashtag—to a staff member at one of Travel Lane County’s visitor centers: 754 Olive St. in downtown Eugene or 3312 Gateway St. in Springfield.

Additionally, anyone posting on social media with the #IFoundSasquatch hashtag will be entered into a random drawing for a one-year pass to PeaceHealth Rides, enabling the winner to ride free for an hour every day for one year.

“Whether you’re a Bigfoot believer or skeptic, the hunt for Sasquatch is a great opportunity to explore the unique places in Eugene that are represented in the bike’s design,” said Lindsey Hayward, PeaceHealth Rides general manager. 

The Sasquatch bike is the first in a planned series of “unicorn” bikes—unique designs that will pop up from time to time in the sea of blue PeaceHealth Rides bikes.

This first unicorn bike was the brainchild of University of Oregon School of Art + Design students, Eric Wilks and Alison Parker. The students collaborated with local designer Laura Walker of G. Liza Design to further refine their work.
Last spring, PeaceHealth Rides partnered with instructor Tom Bonamici’s Product Design 301 course to develop a distinct design that reflected Eugene’s community, bike culture, or health and wellness themes.

A panel of representatives from PeaceHealth Rides partner organizations, including the City of Eugene, PeaceHealth, and University of Oregon, evaluated the students’ work based on cleanliness of design; potential to leverage the design’s promotions opportunities through storytelling on the PeaceHealth Rides’ app and social media; and the design’s fit with the goals of bike share and PeaceHealth Rides’ partner organizations.

“We loved the ‘search for Sasquatch’ theme, the ties to the Northwest, the Eugene scenes incorporated in the design and the social media potential,” said panelist Marcy Marshall, director of strategic communications and engagement for PeaceHealth Oregon network.   

PeaceHealth Rides launched on April 19, with 300 bikes, 35 hubs in Eugene and one at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield. The stations are clustered near Eugene’s downtown core, the Whiteaker neighborhood and the University of Oregon campus.

Eugene riders have embraced this environmentally friendly transportation alternative to cars and buses.  PeaceHealth Rides recently logged its 100,000th trip. 

The price of membership is modest--$1 for 15 minutes, or $15 a month for 60 minutes of ride time per day. Discounts are available for students, faculty and staff at the University of Oregon. Low-income plans also are available. 

Riders are strongly encouraged to follow the rules of the road and to always wear a bike helmet. 

About PeaceHealth Rides: PeaceHealth Rides offers a healthy, convenient and fun way to explore the community. It is a partnership between the City of Eugene, University of Oregon, Lane Transit District and Social Bicycles by JUMP Bikes, and is sponsored by PeaceHealth. For more information, visit www.peacehealthrides.com or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PeaceHealthRides.

About PeaceHealth: PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a group practice with more than 900 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. The Sisters shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for healthcare in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission. Visit us online at peacehealth.org.
 

Remembrance Service for Pregnancy Loss - 09/14/18

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center along with Evergreen Memorial Gardens will present a Service of Remembrance Oct. 11, 2018 to honor and remember the lives of infants who have died over the past 12 months. Families of these little ones are encouraged to attend.

“The Service of Remembrance is our affirmation that every life has value and dignity,” said Susan Lanford, Director of Mission Services for PeaceHealth’s Columbia Network. “This day is set aside to bring comfort to any person in southwest Washington who grieves for their littlest ones who have died in the past year. This service not only supports those who grieve, but also remembers and honors the little ones.”

The Service of Remembrance is a collaborative effort among several groups who care for families through pregnancy and loss, including PeaceHealth Southwest’s Spiritual Care Services, Family Birth Center, Hope Bereavement Services, and Evergreen Memorial Gardens.

There is no cost to attend, and no registration is necessary. For more information about the Service of Remembrance please call PeaceHealth Southwest Spiritual Care Services at 360-514-2257, or visit the Evergreen Memorial Gardens Facebook page.

When: Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018 at 10 a.m. in the Angels Memorial Garden

Where: Evergreen Memorial Gardens – 1101 NE 112th Ave., Vancouver, WA

About PeaceHealth Southwest
The region’s health care leader and steward for 155 years, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center is a community-owned, not-for-profit, 450-bed, medical institution located in Vancouver, Washington. Repeatedly recognized nationally as a 100 Top Hospital, PeaceHealth Southwest provides a full range of outpatient and inpatient diagnostic, medical, and surgical services to Clark County residents. PeaceHealth Southwest is also one of Clark County’s largest employers with 3,400 employees and 600 active medical staff members that help support dozens of medical specialty services and programs, including cancer, heart, emergency, trauma, neuro-musculoskeletal, family birth, and primary care. For more information visit http://www.peacehealth.org/southwest.