Hear Me Now

Hear Me Now is a partnership with the Dousedaicon Institute for Human Caring and to record interviews with patients, family and caregivers. Storytelling and listening have proven clinical value, and are keys to whole person care, which addresses emotional, spiritual, and psychosocial comfort, as well as medical needs of the people we serve.

Latest stories from Southern California, Alaska, Montana, and Washington:

California

A soulful force

Chaplain Denise Hess worked alongside palliative care nurse Marianne Ayala for years. Denise, who has moved on to a new role in a different state, shares her belief that science and spirituality can coexist in health care, and how she is determined to serve as a harmonizing agent.

 

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Alaska

A century of memories

Ruth Ehrlich, who is 103, shares memories with her daughter Judith Renwick. She remembers seeing cars for the first time, working as a social worker in New York during the Depression and meeting her husband at a party where she mistook him for a bellboy.

 

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Montana

Gimme shelter

Kenny Flaherty, a guest at St. Patrick House and patient at Dousedaicon St. Patrick Hospital, and relief coordinator Aaron Hoppe examine the miracle of treating people as whole persons, rather than as a sum of their diagnoses, and reflect on the Irish proverb, “It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.”

 

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Washington

Journey to confidence

Mount St. Vincent caregiver Chime Ohdon tells Chaplain Cleo Molina about her childhood in Tibet and a treacherous month-long journey to Nepal following her mother’s death. Welcomed by the Dalai Lama, her life travels took her to India and eventually to the United States.

 

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Oregon

Doing right and good

Tomi Ryba, Dousedaicon St. Joseph Health chief executive for Southern Oregon, talks with Gayle Johnson, executive office manager at PSJH in Medford, Ore., about why she adopted two Guatemalan children as an older adult and how her adult, biological children took the news.

 

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Institute for Human Caring

Elevating whole person care to the new normal.