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AbstractNewsletter of Providence Hospital, Medford, Oregon.
Pulse of Providence
TH EjPyLSE Of PROVIDENCE Volume 2, Number 12 PROVIDENCE HOSPITAL, MEDFORD, OREGON MAY, 1969 National Hospital Week - May 1 1 - 17 N EWSBEATS Sister Lucille, d ie titia n , attended the Tri-State Dietetic Conference held in Portland A p ril 24-25. She also a ttended the "d ie titia n o rie n te d " programs A p ril 23 planned by the restaurant association and viewed th e ir exhibits a t the Portland Coliseum. Welcome to Mrs. Emma Dolores Hansen, aide, who has joined the Providence fam ily . Greetings also to Mrs. Phyllis H. Harsh, aide, who is also new to the Hospital. Mrs. Harsh's husband is a m in is ter and they have two children. Herbert Lee Smeed has joined Providence as an orderly, having recently moved to Med ford from Portland in order to attend Southern Oregon College. He is a Navy veteran and a motorcycle enthusiast. Mrs. Dorothy Thompson flew to Seattle to be w ith her son, Arnold, who is hospitalized w ith serious injuries fo llow in g an automobile accident. . Lorrie, daughter o f Mrs. Lorraine McHenry, recently was awarded a trip to the University o f Oregon as a reward fo r an essay w ritte n on Jacksonville. Mrs. Betty Daniken has gone to Salem to v is it her husband, th is time with fish in g rod and a can o f worms in hand. Mrs. Viyian Lobdell and husband Vince recently visited th e ir two daughters and families in Sacramento. Third Anniversary Observed A party celebrating the th ird anniversary o f Providence Hospital was held the afternoon of A p ril 14 in M a ry Norbert Hall. The event observed "m o v in g d a y " A p ril 14, 1966, when Providence Hospital opened a t 1111 Crater Lake Avenue, succeeding Sacred Heart Hospital which the Sisters of C h a rity had operated in Medford since 1912. JUNIOR GUILD GIRLS ELECT NEW OFFICERS Members o f the Junior Guild of Providence Hospital elected o fficers a t th e ir A p ril meeting. Judy Diment is the new president; Shirley Pagenf, vice-president; Barbara Welch, secretary; and Kathy Jensen, treasurer. Robin Murray was appointed in charge of activities; Sharon Eggers, telephoning; and Cindy Heidemann, p ub licity. Suzanne Shasky is the form er president; Carole C ia tti, vice-president; Patty M ille r, secretary; and Judy Diment, treasurer. Capping ceremonies fo r new members is scheduled fo r June. MEETING, PARTY, PLANNED Plans for observation o f N ationa l Hospital Week w ill be made a t a meeting o f Providence Guild a t 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 6, in M ary Norbe rt Hall. The Guild also w ill discuss a new scholarship program. Following the meeting a p arty will be held to help raise funds fo r Guild projects. A ll women interested are cord ia lly invited. Providence Hospital is join in g other hospitals in the country in marking the observance o f National Hospital Week May 11-17. The annual event marks the b irth da y of Florence N ig h tingale, May 12, and is sponsored by the American Hospital Association. This year's theme, "Y o u r Hospital — Pathway to Progress in Community H e a lth ," emphasizes how today's hosp ita l is establishing new pathways to channel health care into a ll areas o f the community. The tra d itio n a l role of a community hospital has been to provide fo r patients w ith in its walls. However, hospitals are now evolving into centers carrying on a broad spectrum o f health services out into the community — services aimed a t diagnosis, treatment, re h ab ilita tion , education and prevention. Many Help A hospital is described as "tra in e d people, an operating room, meals, housekeeping and engineering departments, plus many other services. These may include basal metabolism apparatus, c lin ica l laboratory, electrocardiography, medical social services, blood bank, medical library, pharmacy, emergency department, sterile supply, diagnostic x-ray, physical therapy, post-operative recovery room, and more. N atio nal Hospital Week focuses a tte ntio n on the work hospitals are performing in providing h igh-quality year-round care. It is appropriate th a t it honors Florence N ightingale and what she stood for: the a rt of helping people to live. Providence Pulse Published Monthly by the Staff and Personnel of PROVIDENCE HOSPITAL Medford, Oregon Sister Evelyn Bergamini......... Administrator Mary Anne Bolton ................. Photographer REPORTERS Mrs. Geraldine Dailey, Ardeth Grabher, Mrs. Marilou Kissee, Mrs. Martha Livingston, Mrs. Lola Nelson, Byron Palmer, Mrs. Juanita Slead, Mrs. Shirley Stevens, and Mrs. Edna Wolf. From the Chaplain . . Duties Discussed Someone from our edito ria l s ta ff recently suggested th a t readers o f the “ Pulse" mig ht wonder what the life o f a chaplain in a hospital is really like. My firs t reaction to the suggestion was surprise, I suppose, fo r what could be of interest in what I take fo r obvious, everyday living? M y second reaction was this would be d if fic u lt to write. If I took a chaplain's everyday happenings, this would be dull reading. On the other hand I could conjure up all the interesting episodes and piece them together, but this would not be a real picture, though a highly readable one. I would guess it is the same reaction from many doctors, nurses, social workers; namely, we try to help people, and what is so glamorous about that? I th in k the same problem comes with other communications, such as television and the movies. I dislike drama about priests because it is unreal, a collection of instances th a t happen in a lifetime th a t are jammed into a couple of hours. There is a point, however. Living the life of a Christian, in the service o f others, is not spectacular, any more than raising five children is spectacular, but it is important and interesting. It is usually not interesting reading material, and it is d if fic u lt to communicate and share the experiences. First of a ll, I am merely a part- or part-part-time chaplain. W ith the shortage of Catholic priests, eight to ten hours are spent teaching high school, a few morning hours are given to the hospital, some time in the evening to v is iting , on call fo r emergencies, and on Sundays assisting the local parishes. Seventeen-Hour Day The day usually begins at 5:30 a.m. and usually ends at 1 1 p.m. It is a six-and-one-half day week in which one tries to balance the needs o f the The Rev. Michael Florendo Full-time teacher, part-time chaplain people with the demands o f other responsibilities. The sp iritua l works o f mercy are very much the order o f the hospital visit. Time spent with a patie n t m ig h t last from one minute to two hours depending on circumstances. It may mean anything from a mere vis it to say hello, to working with a distressed patient. It has its imp ortance in the connection between s p iritual and mental health and physical health. Two Special Qualities There are a couple o f qualities I would single out as necessary fo r a hospital chaplain. First a sense o f personal happiness combined with a sense o f humor. It comes in handy when you are asked to see the patient in room 395 (which does not exist) as soon as possible. You arrive at hypothetical 395 wondering how serious will this person's problems be. You ask, "W h a t can I do fo r you?" and the reply is, "Oh, I just wondered if there was a priest around here." The second quality, and probably the most important I've learned in parishes, schools and hospitals, is we are not the most important factor in anyone's cu rren t situation (even th a t o f the dying patient). There is a God who created and serves this person firs t, lest we become too se lf-im p o rtant. Rev. Michael Florendo, Chaplain NEWSBEATS... Providence Pulse Reporter Geraldine Daily reports the fo llow in g spring-fever symptoms of plans fo r the approaching warm weather: Marge Kellert is going fish in g and camping, but she expects the best luck to be in camping. Mrs. Janet Bruner th ink s she w ill "g o home to momma, p ro b a b ly ." Lois Wright is working herself ragged. Hope Reeves plans to be on the tennis courts, and w ith no injuries. Pat Mellars is busy p la n tin g trees, while Mrs. Jean Dierk is busy p ullin g weeds, and maybe a few flowers. And Mrs. Richardson: "W a te r skiing, of co urse!" Who's learning to drive? Inga Gant. An d Janice Langeberg is try in g to keep her in the road. Louise Martin plans to head for Huckleberry M o u n ta in as soon as possible. Joe Paulson says plans fo r summer are fo r sleeping. Mrs. Verna Hylton: " I 'l l be busy g ettin g ready fo r Lyn's wedding. I'll probably be c lim b in g the w a lls ." Mrs. Nancy Maguire: " I ' l l be busy fishing, working, and try in g to sleep, with a bunch o f noisy ch ild re n who w ill have things fo r me to d o ." A n o th e r fisherman and camper is Mrs. Emma Donnelly. And Mrs. Dorothy Thompson predicts th a t she will be " f ly in g a ll sum m e r" if her arms d o n 't get tired. W h a t does Mrs. Geraldine Daily hope to do? "Go to the coast and bury myself in the sa n d ." Mrs. Dora Fraysher w ill enjoy her granddaughter, gardening, and tra ile r-cam p in g , and Mrs. Lorraine McHenry expects to try keeping up with daughter Lorrie "a n d work, to o ." Non-Profit Org. U. S. Postage PAID Medford, Oregon Permit No. 646 M r. 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