San Andreas, CA– Mark Twain St. Joseph’s Hospital recently opened its “comfort care” room which focuses on the relief of pain and discomfort in a patient experiencing a major illness or end of life situation.
“Patients have special needs when they have a serious chronic or life-threatening illness,” said hospital president Feliciano Jiron. “Anxiety, dignity, spiritual needs, and future health issues are all valid concerns for patients and their families. Patients and families facing difficult decisions about complex medical issues can all benefit from this new service.”
The comfort care room, also called palliative care, is designed to accommodate families and friends in a home-like, supportive setting. The oversize patient room has adequate seating and sleeping arrangements to support loved ones and friends who want to stay at the bedside.
“This project as funded by the Hospital Auxiliary, who has supported the hospital since 1951 with tens of thousands of hours of volunteer support and thousands of dollars to help fund medical equipment and other capital projects,” said volunteer coordinator Nicki Stevens. “With their help, this comfort care project came to life for our community.”
The hospital’s medical staff also helped through contributions to support the ongoing expenses of the room.
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