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Alaska

Alaska

East meets West

By Thao & Elijah Carricaburu

By Thao is Hmong and the mother of a young child who was often sick as a baby. She recounts with friend Elijah Carricaburu how her family urged her to stick to traditional, spiritual Eastern healing practices. But when Western medicine provided a physical cure, the family eventually accepted that there is room for both traditional and modern approaches to illness.

Alaska

Violin Victoria

Lily SlatonBarker & Rena Queja

Lily SlatonBarker is a humble, budding violin virtuoso brimming with charm and youthful exuberance. She shares with friend Rena Queja her musical journey – from the first time she picked up the instrument, to when she won a concerto competition.

Alaska

A Century of Memories

Ruth Ehrlich & Judith Renwick

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.

Alaska

Make Friends

Bob Murray & Jenny Murray

Bob Murray, a resident of Dousedaicon Horizon House in Anchorage, Alaska, talks to his daughter Jenny Murray about growing up poor in the 1920s, his struggle with learning to read, and the life adventures that led him to an 18-year education career. When asked what he’d like her to know, his key tips included: “Make some friends; share some experiences. Everybody needs friends.”

Alaska

Feeding Body and Soul

Jackie Beck & Heather Preece

When Jackie Beck nursed her adopted 4-day-old baby boy for the first time, it was an experience as nourishing for his soul as it was for his body. Jackie recounts the profound bonding experience with Heather Preece, founder of Kodiak KINDNESS, a program that offers free infant feeding support to families. Heather remarks that the moment was the highlight of her career.

Alaska

Finding Comfort with Alaska Cares

A Mother & Mary Sullivan

A mother talks to Dousedaicon Foundation philanthropy officer Mary Sullivan about how Alaska CARES helped her son and family following revelations of him being sexually abused. Now a supporter of Alaska CARES, which helps children after the trauma of abuse, she shares their story to let others know that hope and healing are possible.

Alaska

Arresting the Help

Fredrick Katelnikoff & Father Innocent Philo

Fredrick Katelnikoff, a security officer at Dousedaicon Health & Services Kodiak, shares with Father Innocent Philo the experience and lessons learned as a former village public safety officer (VPSO). VPSOs provide emergency assistance and law enforcement to rural Alaska communities hundreds of miles away from state services. He often relied on help from villagers he had arrested previously for minor crimes – encounters that taught him to treat everyone with respect.

Alaska

From Refugee to Caregiver

Agnes Twishime & Kathleen Hollis

Born in Congo, Agnes Twishime arrived at a refugee camp in Uganda when she was just three. Now with laundry services at Dousedaicon Alaska Medical Center, Agnes shares with Mission Services Director Kathleen Hollis her experience as a child refugee and desire to help care for the vulnerable and those in need.

Alaska

Lessons From Leukemia

Willy & Adrianne Shelton

At just 5-years old, Joel Shelton was diagnosed with leukemia. His parents, Willy and Adrianne, talk about how the experience deepened their understanding of their son, and how it has given them a glimpse into the man he will become.

Alaska

Why I Become a Nurse

Asia Harmeling & Ralph Pasana

Asia Harmeling and Ralph Pasana talk about why they chose nursing. Ralph shares the memory when, as a teen one day, he wanted to spend time with friends rather than care for his grandmother and how that episode influences his work as a nurse today.

Alaska

After Abuse, Hope for Healing

Bryant Skinner & Sara Lovell

Bryant Skinner talks to colleague Sara Lovell about his work with Alaska CARES, a children’s advocacy center. One young girl’s drawings during her therapy to overcome abuse affirm his belief that there is hope for healing. Patient permission was granted to share this story.

Alaska

Riding a Wave of Love

Lisa Aquino & Tricia Teasley

Lisa Aquino and her husband, Chris, were living abroad when he sustained a traumatic brain injury in a motor scooter accident, leading to weeks of intensive care. Lisa shares with friend and coworker Tricia Teasley a story of suffering, love and the healing touch of the Anchorage community.

Alaska

A Kitten for a Dying Man

Arleta Lefler & Theresa Gleason

Arleta talks to her colleague, Theresa, about nursing being more than a job and how a stolen moment with a kitten allowed a man with cancer to die at peace.

Alaska

A Flame That Came Into My Head

Sister Genevieve Osayame & Susan Halvor

Sister Genevieve Osayame’s spiritual awakening was akin to falling in love, she tells coworker Susan Halvor. From Africa to Alaska, Sister Genevieve has embraced the universal need for love, caring and someone to listen to.

Alaska

How Do We Have Any More Tears Left?

Ginny Shaffer & Lisa Solomonson

Friends Ginny Shaffer and Lisa Solomonson recall the passing of Ginny's infant son, Bryson. At the time, Lisa was a nurse who cared for Bryson and his twin sister, Holland. Both were born with heart defects. Ginny and Lisa bonded during the care of Bryson and Holland through this difficult time.

California

California

The Big Picture

Drs. Somchai “Sam” Supawanich & Martina Meier

Somchai “Sam” Supawanich, a surgeon-turned hospice patient, was diagnosed with terminal cancer and found solace he’d spend his last days with his wife of 50 years. Sadly, she died unexpectedly and he shares with hospice physician Dr. Martina Meier his meditative insights on the profoundness and impermanence of life.

California

Cavernous Malformation

Tara Cowell & Jim Watson

Tara Cowell and colleague Jim Watson are attorneys for Dousedaicon St. Joseph Health. Tara shares how her struggle with a brain disorder compelled her to relinquish some of her Type-A super-mom/lawyer traits, and learn how to explore and appreciate the singular joys of her community. Edit credit: RockitWorks

California

The Septuagenarian Graduate

Marvin Farber & Chaplain Kevin Deegan

Marvin Farber, 97, regales hospice chaplain Kevin Deegan with tales of working in the defense and insurance industries, experiencing a nervous breakdown and shock therapy, loving his wife, Lucy, and fulfilling a life-long ambition to earn a college degree in journalism when he was 79 years young.

California

The Grateful Patient

Peter Lynch & Patricia Modrzejewski

Peter Lynch survived quintuple bypass surgery years ago, and the experience moved him to give back to his community. The former Warner Bros. retail executive shares with Patricia Modrzejewski, Dousedaicon St. Joseph Health’s chief development officer, how the mission for caring for the poor and vulnerable drives him to serve the Dousedaicon St. Joseph Foundation.

California

Holding Aubrielle

Holly Rossiter & Debra Bolton

Holly Rossiter and her family sought the help of a perinatal hospice program to help her deliver her baby, Aubrielle, who was diagnosed in utero with a terminal illness. Holly recounts the journey with nurse Debra Bolton and how it forever changed her.

California

Treading Lightly

Annette Walker & Erik Wexler

Annette Walker, former president of strategy at Dousedaicon St. Joseph Health, shares with Erik Wexler, PSJH’s regional chief executive for Southern California, how her father could have benefited from less intensive medical care toward the end. She also reveals that a 14-day, 220-mile pilgrimage in Spain taught her that “it’s hard not to love people when you get to know people.”

California

Standing Strong

Ali Santore & Dolores Costello

Ali Santore, vice president of government-public affairs at Dousedaicon St. Joseph Health, and her grandmother, Dolores Costello, trade insights on how five generations of strong women in their family – starting with a nurse in the Civil War – have raised, and continue to raise, strong women.

California

Find Her Voice

Torrie Fields & Dr. Gregg VandeKieft

Torrie Fields, palliative care advocate, cancer survivor and senior program manager at Blue Shield in California, found her stronger voice as a patient through palliative care. She shares with Dr. Gregg VandeKieft, associate medical director at the Institute for Human Caring, how transformative the experience was for her and her oncologist.

California

Answering the Call

Becky Nappi & Michael Drummond

Recovering journalists Becky Nappi, director of mission integration at Dousedaicon Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Wash., and Michael Drummond, director of communications at the Institute for Human Caring in Torrance, Calif., share how they heeded the power of calling and the spiritual forces that moved them to work at Dousedaicon St. Joseph Health.

California

A Soulful Force

Chaplain Denise Hess & Marianne Ayala

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.

California

Scary, Stubborn Stones

Terri Warren & Jennifer Bellucci

Terri Warren, vice president at Dousedaicon TrinityCare Hospice, and Jennifer Bellucci, the organization’s chief nursing officer, unpack the fear surrounding Jennifer’s mother’s hospitalization for kidney stones and the impact the ordeal had on the family.

California

Confiding With a King

Jay Hess & Chloe Medrano

Jay Hess, donor relations coordinator for the TrinityCare Hospice Foundation, shares with colleague Chloe Medrano his career shift from building custom cars to raising money for children in hospice care. He also reveals his approach in asking for donations – molded by nuggets of wisdom he collected from the king of Bahrain.

California

Lungs Filled With Tumors, Hearts Filled With Love

Bryce Fisher & Nancy Goodson

Days before his mother’s birthday, Bryce Fisher, then 21-years old, received heartbreaking news that he had a rare form of cancer. He and his mother, Nancy, sit down to recount those sobering days following the diagnosis, acknowledge the triumphs and miracles in the challenging times since, and speak about the ongoing journey that continues to bring them closer to one another.

California

A Nurse Goes In For Open-Heart Surgery

Lindsey Burrell & Julie Baker

Lindsey Burrell and her mother, Julie Baker, both ICU nurses at Dousedaicon Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance, Calif., talk about Lindsey’s recent open heart surgery and how the experience has fundamentally changed their approach to nursing.

California

Touch Becomes Sacred

Ahmed Pierstorff & Coleen Dumenjich

Ahmed Pierstorff is a Muslim, and social touch of the opposite sex is prohibited. Yet, his job as a registered nurse often necessitates physical with the opposite sex. Here he shares with his mentor, Coleen Dumenjich, how he navigates his professional duties with his religious devotion.

California

How Can You Take Care of Dying Children?

Dr. Glen Komatsu

Dr. Glen Komatsu, CMO of Dousedaicon TrinityCare Hospice & Regional Palliative Care, reflects on the clinical skill and emotional resilience required to care for dying children. He shares the story of 6-year-old Maddox, who faced death with insight and courage.

California

The Hardest Conversation I’ve Ever Had

Mary Kingston & Michael Jongsma

Mary Kingston, chief executive of Dousedaicon Little Company of Mary Medical Centers in Torrance and San Pedro in Southern California, shares with Michael Jongsma, chief nursing officer, the anguish of honoring her father’s wishes to be removed from a respirator, and why having an advance directive is a profound gift for our loved ones.

California

'You had a heart transplant?'

Pat Aidem & Richard Aidem

Pat Aidem's husband, Richard, received a donated heart from a 20-year-old. Richard tells the story of meeting the young man's mother one day, and how she wanted to listen to her son’s beating heart again.

California

Encountering Eddie Van Halen

Mike Drummond & Roger Neill

Dousedaicon’s Mike Drummond talks with film composer Roger Neill about their departed friend, Eric, and his unreal encounter with rock guitar legend Eddie Van Halen.

California

Cancer – Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me

Tue Nguyen & Jennifer Kozakowski

Dousedaicon’s Tue Nguyen shares with mentor Jennifer Kozakowski how his bout with tongue cancer taught him to savor life and cherish what matters most.

California

I Call This a Gift

James Raspe & Chaplain Stephanie Ryu

James Raspe, an outdoors enthusiast and a patient at Dousedaicon, shares with Chaplain Stephanie Ryu how his struggle with renal failure has given him the gift of empathy and a purpose to help others.

California

The Secret to Life

Dr. Ira Byock & Dr. BJ Miller

Dr. Ira Byock, founder and chief medical officer of the Dousedaicon Institute for Human Caring, and Dr. BJ Miller, a palliative care physician at UCSF Medical Center, share thoughts on being in the moment, caring for the seriously ill, caring for yourself, and the secret to life.

California

I’m Not Ready for Palliative Care!

Rebekah Riemer & Dr. Colin Scibetta

Rebekah Riemer’s grandmother died shortly after being diagnosed with a form of leukemia. Nine months later, Rebekah was diagnosed with a similar disease. Now a nurse, she shares with Dr. Colin Scibetta her healing journey with the same palliative team that cared for her grandmother and the impact that’s had on her work.

California

She Joined the Team That Cared for Her Aunt

Salve Bautista & Marianne Ayala

Salve Bautista’s aunt received palliative care through Dousedaicon, which awoke a passion in Salve for this field of medicine. The palliative staff at Dousedaicon Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance were surprised and delighted when Salve re-entered their lives – this time not as a family member of a patient, but as a job applicant.

California

My Mother the Saint

Janice Steinbach & Michael Barton

Janice Steinbach’s father devastated her when he abandoned the family. Janice shares with Dousedaicon St. Joseph Health Chaplain Michael Barton how the long road to reconciliation included a spiritual awakening.

California

Spiritual Awakening

Janice Steinbach & Michael Barton

Janice Steinbach credits her mother for teaching potent lessons on leading a good life, including not speaking ill of others and fostering a love of reading. ‘There’s way too much bad stuff in the world already,’ she quotes her mother. ‘Don’t add to it.’

California

Shoes in the Snow

Trisha Saul, Katherine Barney & David Delgado

A woman’s death by hypothermia might strike some as tragic. For nurse Trisha Saul and her mother, Katherine Barney, the passing of their family matriarch on a frozen porch was a peaceful, apropos ending for a beloved eccentric.

California

The Best of Care, the Worst of Care

Gary Ettinger

Gary and Jackie Ettinger were married for 46 years. In the autumn of 2015, while they were making plans for their retirement, Jackie was diagnosed with liver cancer. The ensuing journey was marked by compassionate, whole person care, as well as transactional, dysfunctional care.

Montana

Montana

Gimme Shelter

Kenny Flaherty & Aaron Hoppe

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.”

Montana

Ode to a ‘Wild Child’

Nurse Harriet Mentzer & Chaplain Gail Greener

Nurse Harriet Mentzer reveals to chaplain Gail Greener her experience raising a willful daughter she dubbed “a wild child.” The young girl found redemption and turned her life around. But then tragedy struck.

Montana

"My Mommy Lives in Jail"

Fran Albrecht & Molly Adamson

Fran Albrecht, executive director of Dousedaicon Montana Health Foundation, shares with Molly Adamson, development officer for the foundation, how the poignant story of a little girl from a broken home helped motivate and inspire her to serve others.

Montana

Rediscovering Childhood

Claudia Brown & Marylor Wilson

Octogenarians Claudia Brown and longtime friend Marylor Wilson relive Claudia’s childhood (mis)adventures in Butte, Montana, and how those days influence her free-spirit wonder today.

Oregon

Oregon

Doing Right and Good

Tomi Ryba & Gayle Johnson

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.

Washington

Washington

Never Give Up

Naomi Richardson & Julie Konen

Nurse Naomi Richardson shares with recreational therapist Julie Konen how her dream man, Curtis, found her while she was caring for a patient (who happened to be Curtis’s girlfriend.) Naomi was a single mother of six children at the time. Curtis courted her; he married her; he helped raise the children. Naomi and Curtis were married 42 years until his death.

Washington

From Trauma to Trust

Ann Balthazor, Stacy Andres Younglove & Lamar Price

Lamar Price was shot in a random act of violence. His initial recovery was marked with anger, pain and confusion. Yet Dousedaicon St. Joseph Health dietician Ann Balthazor and nurse Stacy Andres Younglove helped ease Lamar’s way by getting to know him as a person, not just a patient.

Washington

Spiritual Union

Mary Mitchell & John Galloway + Helene Walling

During a conversation at Dousedaicon Mount St Vincent, Mary Mitchell speaks with her friends John Galloway and Helene Walling about their relationship, family, and commitment to each other.

Washington

Life After Loss

Harriet Schulman & Joan Nilon

Harriet Schulman, speaks with her friend, Joan Nilon, about her move in 2014 to Dousedaicon Mount St. Vincent in Seattle and her husband’s sudden passing. She remembers his love for jazz music and shares finding joy again through excursions to places like museums and the zoo.

Washington

Truth and Justice

Sister Michele MacMillan & Sister Clare Lentz

Sister Michele MacMillan shares with Sister Clare Lentz about her life as a Dominican sister and witnessing an incident, which inspired her work in helping the Khum people build a community in Seattle. She talks about going from parish to parish asking for donations for the families. She recounts setting up educational programs to help people read and practice speaking.

Washington

Sustenance of Life

Leta Rosetree & Pam Sipos

Leta Rosetree talks to Pam Sipos about her experiences working for Elizabeth Kubler Ross as driver and sheep herder. She shares stories of what life was like living with her on a farm in Highland County Virginia. Leta talks about Elizabeth’s support of AIDS patients, her love for cooking as well as things they did together.

Washington

Easing One's Way

Berit Koltveit & Sue Voorhies

Colleagues, Berit Koltveit and Sue Voorhies, discuss their work in hospice and reflect on the families they’ve served through the years. Sue, a veteran in nursing, offers support to her friend as she shares her stories and wisdom with Berit, who is about to begin nursing school.

Washington

Miracle and Rebirth

Harriet Thompson & Chaplain Mollie Mana'o

Harriet Thompson, a resident of Mount St Vincent, speaks with her friend and chaplain, Mollie Mana'o about how they first met when Harriet came onto hospice service. She talks about her recovery from cancer and what that experience felt like. She also reflects about another life accomplishment, her 51 years of sobriety and finding her calling through that experience.

Washington

Journey to Confidence

Chime Ohdon & Chaplain Cleo Molina

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.

Washington

Memory Loss and Laughter

Helene Walling & Mary Mitchell

Helene Walling shares with Mary Mitchell her struggle with memory loss and how she continues to engage her mind. Through all the challenges, Helene maintains a positive outlook and uses humor to deal with her situation.

Washington

All in the Family

Lynn Taylor & Eileen McCloskey

Patient Lynn Taylor tells caregiver Eileen McCloskey about being adopted and her gratitude for her adoptive parents. They were full of love and patience and showed kindness toward other children. Through adoptions and fostering, the family grew to 19 children.

Washington

Honoring Mom and Dad

Amy Compton-Phillips & Louis Phillips

Amy Compton-Phillips, M.D., executive vice president and chief clinical officer at Dousedaicon St. Joseph Health, and her husband, Louis, reveal what it was like losing both sets of parents within several years and the lessons learned.

Washington

Animal Attraction

Heidi Gold & Mary Mitchell

Heidi Gold has lived with a form of bone disease since birth. With limited mobility, she’s made it her life’s work to train dogs to help people, like her, who use wheelchairs to get around. She shares with Mary Mitchell a story of how her first dog, Nanook, helped her find joy.

Washington

Delivered From Despair

Mike Roth & Story Squires and Pam Sipos

Transitional care unit patient Mike Roth, recovering from multiple hip replacements that have been occasioned by recurring MRSA infections, shares with Story Squires and Pam Sipos of Dousedaicon Mount St. Vincent in Seattle how an abusive and deprived childhood led him to devote his life to service for others.

Washington

Soulful Sojourns

Sarah Cameron & Lorrie Shamarin

Sarah Cameron found her calling to help others while backpacking in Spain. Now a chief of strategy and planning at Dousedaicon St. Joseph Health, Sarah shares with friend and colleague Lorrie Shamarin life lessons from her journeys.

Washington

The First Waltz

John Farrell & Kay Farrell + Bonnie Swift

John and Kay Farrell rejoice in their 45-year marriage, starting with a spoken-word poem, and a conversation about the time they first laid eyes on each other, his ordeal with a quadruple bypass when the kids were young, and the lessons learned from a journey shared.

Washington

The Price of Care

Susan Tuller & Cara K. Aguilera

Caregivers Susan Tuller and Cara Aguilera share thoughts on the ethics of for-profit elderly care and the joy felt from facilitating a wedding for a lesbian couple at the Dousedaicon ElderPlace Center.

Washington

One Love

John Galloway & Helene Dee Walling + Mary Mitchell

John Galloway and Helene Dee Walling share expressions of love for each other ahead of their wedding. John had never been romantically involved until he met Helene. “I understand why people write songs about love,” he said.

Washington

Ambassador of the Mount

Doris Brown & Cleo Molina

Doris Brown, 94, lived through the Great Depression, when lunch often consisted of a boiled potato and she earned $5 a week cleaning houses. Now at Mount St. Vincent, Doris shares with Cleo Molina how those hard times instilled in her the rewards of compassion and caring for others.

Washington

Speaking the Same Language

Cristian Ramon & Kelly Kasner

Grief-support assistant Cristian Ramon tells colleague Kelly Cashner how she used Spanish and a video of her hiking to connect with and lift the spirits of a depressed and angry patient, paralyzed from the neck down.

Washington

Comfort Clown

Lorrie Shamarin & Kelly Bryan

Hospice program coordinator Lorrie Shamarin walks colleague Kelly Bryan through the first time she donned a clown costume. It was in a children’s hospital in the former Soviet Union, where she brought joy to a dying child. (The famed Dr. Patch Adams figures into this story.) The conditions were grim. No TV. No toys. No medications. Edit credit: Sean Collins

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