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AbstractNewsletter of The DePaul and Mount St. Vincent, Seattle, Washington.
Volume 7 Number 4 COMPASS Retirement Apts & Nursing Center April 1980 The DePaul and Mount St. Vincent / Seattle, Washington ADMINISTRATOR'S CORNER Dear Friends and Co-workers, Even though the feast of Easter is past, it's never too late to wish Happy Easter because Easter is with us always. We need the yearly celebration to remind us of Christ's Resurrection and promise to be with us always. We rejoice with Christ and with the knowledge that His Resurrection is a pledge of our own. So, I wish you the joy of Easter today and always. Last week, it was my privilege to attend a meeting in St. Louis, Missouri at the Headquarters of the Catholic Health Association of the United States. This was the first meeting of a newly-formed Advisory Committee for long-term care. Nine people actively engaged in long-term care met for eight hours and discussed many issues affecting long-term care today. We had a lengthy session on legislation regarding the aged and how we can influence law and law-makers. We reviewed a document of evaluative criteria for Catholic Health Facilities, and in the future, we will be using the document here as a tool of evaluation and renewal. We discussed plans for commemorating Older Americans Month which is the month of May, and continued on to how we can help in the development of agendas for the White House Conference in 1981 and the World Assembly for the Aged in 1982. No one had solutions for the problems and difficulties we are facing today, but I can assure you that an interested, aggressive, concerned and dedicated group of people are spending time and energy on behalf of our senior citizens. The President of the Catholic Health Association, Mr. John Curley, met with us for one hour of the day and said ADMINISTRATOR'S CORNER (CONT) that one of his major concerns and that of his association will be directed to the welfare of our older Americans. I don't go to the committee alone. I represent each of you - patient, resident, employee, family and I'm proud and happy to do so. I am hopeful that we can share some of our good ideas and projects, find solutions for some of the problem areas and work together to reach the goals and objectives we all have for providing the best kind of long-term care possible both today and tomorrow. God bless - enjoy the April showers and the already-with-us pre May flowers. SURPRISE! SURPRISE! And surely it was a big "surprise" for Sister Laureen Ferschweiler, Administrator, as she walked into the Mount Cafeteria at 2:00 p.m. on April 15th to find DePaul and Mount residents, staff, employees and Sisters all gathered to honor her for her hard work, dedication and service to all at The DePaul and Mount St. Vincent for more than three years. Father Edmund Boyle, Chaplain, opened the program and praised Sister for her qualities of caring and loving and sharing. Many departments followed suit and came forward to offer Sister their words of appreciation and a gift. This was the first time such a celebration had been held and between the applause, the laughter, the excitement and the enjoyment, there were also tears in the eyes of many which spoke of the devotion felt for this "lovely lady" as described by Father Boyle. Of the many special and lovely gifts offered, a truly special gift was offered to Sister ky SURPRISE! SURPRISE! (CQNT) Pastoral Care who planned to hold a Mass on April 16th in Sister Laureen's honor. The Employee's Committee planned and organized the program and employees brought refreshments for everyone! What did Sr. Laureen have to say about all of this? "DEAR EVERYONE: "Love isn't love until you give it away and then you get back that much more." That's the only way I can describe my party. I felt love, I saw it in action and in gifts; it was expressed in delicious food anddrink; it was said and sung in your messages; it was prayed and it was shared. I am humbled and grateful and very happy to be a part of this beautiful family. I am rich through sharing your gifts and love and prayers and I promise to give away that love and those prayers to each of you and to Him for each of you. May God bless you all ways, always." Gratefully, Sr. Laureen Ferschweiler, Administrator ON MAY 1, 1980, the statue of the western foundress of the Sisters of Providence - ^Mother Joseph - will be presented to President Jimmy Carter in Washington, D.C., honoring Mother Joseph "as an historic leader of national renown." Three Sisters from our facility will be attending these ceremonies: Sr. Yvonne Perrault, Accounts Receivable in the Business Office; Sister Sheila Moore, RN - St. Joseph Residence; and Sister Germaine Denise, Pastoral Care. Governor Dixie Lee Ray will also be at the dedication ceremonies. ^Special Feature - Part Four on Page 3. ON BEHALF of the Sisters and staff at The DePaul and Mount St. Vincent, the Encompass wishes to acknowledge those who donated in March 1980: FROM: IN MEMORY OF: Mr/Mrs. George Prappas Domenic Cocci one Mrs. G.W. Wisegarver (San Antonio, Texas) Lucille Crowley Mary W. Curran Lucille Crowley FROM: DONATIONS: Charles W. Donahue 1 oxygen dolly Fred Mueller (General Donation) No matter how much we may have acquired in this life in terms of status, physical wellbeing, material possessions, or friends and loved ones, in the end we lose them all! We leave this life as we entered it.. ..with nothing but ourselves and for those who so believe, a new life in the hereafter. Death is not 'the only harvester of our gains. Living, too, takes its share. We iose our childhood, our health, our teeth and hair, our jobs, our children when they leave home - the list is endless. One of the skills all of us must learn is how to adjust to losses, both great and small. The process of adjusting to loss has been called the work of grief. Unfortunately, in a society that places so much emphasis upon pleasure and kept at arm's length unpleasurable experiences and pain, there are many who become emotional casualties because they have not learned or been given the permission to do the grief work which life demands of us all. I recognize the subject of grief is not something most of us are very enthusiastic about pursuing, but to ignore it is to do so at our emotional and physical peril. We are fortunate here at The DePaul and Mt. St. Vincent to have a fully staffed Pastoral Care Department, professionally prepared to work with residents, patients and all staff who may be experiencing a grieving problem. Share your grief with us! A LIE A LIE, AN INSULT TO INTELLIGENCE. AND NOTHING CAN BE SAID IN ITS DEFENSE. IT ONLY HARMS THE ONE WHO UTTERS IT; AND IT CANNOT CHANGE THE REAL FACTS ABI1 By Lloyd M. Bowers, DePaul Resident CHAPLAIN'S CORNER By Father Edmund Boyle NORMAL GRIEF It is perhaps not the most pleasant thought which has occurred to you today, but have you ever considered that all of us in our physical, human and emotional self are born to lose? MOTHER JOSEPH OF THE SISTERS OF PROVIDENCE by Sister Lucille Dean, S.P. Provincial Superior, Seattle (Summary: the first three installments traced Mother Joseph's arrival in the Northwest in 1856; and the establishment of the first hospital, school, and orphanage. The pioneering sisters also began their work with the aged, the mentally ill, and the Indians of the Northwest.) Architectural plans, construction supervision, property selection — Mother Joseph managed them all. She even had to find the funds to build. There were no commercial banks in the Washington Territory, but gold dust and nuggets served well. Even while unrest and brutality continued to stir tribes after the Indian Wars, Mother Joseph and other sisters took long rides by horseback and river boat to the gold mines in Idaho, Montana and the Caribou Country in British Columbia. The annals give this account of one of Mother Joseph's fund raising missions: "As we were preparing to decamp, we heard the tramping of horses and saw a troupe of Indians in their war On May 1, 1980, this statue o f the western foundress o f the Sisters o f Providence will be presented to President Jimmy Carter in our nation's capitol, Washington, D.C., honoring Mother Joseph "as an historic leader o f national renown.” paint surround our caravan. When they recognized our pectoral crosses, they immediately gave a sign of friendship and respect, so our fears were dispelled. We treated them to a meal, but cringed before scalping knives which they keep ready to carry off scalps of whatever Americans they would encounter. How happy were we to see them depart peaceably. God be praised;" The works that Mother Joseph established from 1856 until her death in 1902 .were not temporary. Most are still serving people in Washington State, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia. She was truly a remarkable woman, worthy of the honor to be bestowed upon her on May 1st. Five years before her death, when she was 76, she wrote to our Mother General in Montreal: "Oh, if I were young! We would do much good on a mission where there would be misery, and where it would be necessary to make sacrifices. Nowadays we look for too much comfort in this land which offers so much . . . " Mother Joseph died on January 8, 1902 of a brain tumor. Our chronicles record that with many sisters gathered around her bed, she said to them: " . . . Sisters, I ask your pardon for all the grief I have caused . . . I recomgjend myself to your prayers . . . I am happy to die in this Religious community . . . My dear sisters, allow me to recommend to you the care of the poor in our houses, as well as those without . . . Whatever concerns the poor is always our affair . . . " The Mother General of our community at that time, wrote: "Mother Joseph of the Sacred Heart was a valiant woman . . . with her soul of flame and her will of tempered steel. She excelled not only in feminine arts, from the most ordinary to the finest, but she was also skilled in works considered the domain of men. "Mother Joseph had the defects of her virtues; but these failings were a means of increasing her merit, when with childlike candor she humbled herself for her faults. "She had the characteristics of genius: incessant works, immense sacrifices, great undertakings; and she never counted the cost to self . . . " I hope these few articles have given you some insight into why Mother Joseph has been selected for this special honor. These accomplishments during the second half of the nineteenth century were not Mother Joseph's alone. Other Sisters of Providence and lay people throughout the West helped her to achieve the greatness for which she is now being honored. In a special way, all of you who help the Sisters of Providence today, continue the works and the spirit of Mother Joseph as we all work together in our hospitals, schools, homes and help in our social works. We hope that some of you may be able to come to Washington, D.C., on May 1st, to share in our thanksgivings . . . ACTIVITY CENTER CALENDAR - APRIL & MAY Seattle Opera Preview Latravita" by Verdi Mount Cafeteria Community Services for The Blind will be demonstrating visual devices and showing a film related to visual disorders. Piano concert by Joel Salsman to be held in. the Mount Cafeteria WATCH FOR SCHEDULE OF IN-HOUSE EVENTS TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL NURSING HOME WEEK FROM MAY 11 - 18th. Theme: "LOVE IS AGELESS" NOTIFICATION from the State of Washington, Division of Professional Licensing, was received April 2, 1980 stating our nursing assistant training program has been granted Washington State Board of Nursing approval. Mrs. Margaret M. Sullivan, RN, and Executive Secretary for the Washington State Board of Nursing, complimented Margarita Prentice, Director of Staff Development,and Marilyn Sendek, RN - Clinical Instructor, by the following: "Thank you for submitting such a fine nursing assistant training program. It is very complete and the measurable objectives are well written___ We appreciate your efforts and cooperation". Each training program is being assigned a number which should appear on certificates issued to nursing assistants. Each nursing home will receive a master list of numbers from which prospective employee's training may be verified. Our program number is 0053. * POLICY ON PERSONAL PHONE CALLS * Employees are not to receive personal calls from relatives, friends, etc., unless it is an emergency. When personal calls are received at the Switchboard, they are put through to the Personnel Department. The Personnel Department will then relay the message to the employee. If it is indeed an emergency call, the Personnel Department will have tbe employee paged and give them the message immediately. Some important points to remember: The Switchboard receives approximately 400 calls a day which makes it necessary to forward personal calls to Personnel, as it would be very time-consuming to page or take a message for every employee that received a personal phone call. It is also necessary to keep our lines available for outside calls from doctors, resident family members, and other facility-related calls. We are trying to make our communication system more efficient and tying up our phone lines with personal calls is detracting from this efficiency._______________ SPECIAL NOTE: National Volunteer Week is April 20-26th. The DePaul and Mount St. Vincent presently has 75 adult volunteers and 13 teen volunteers. This is a good time to say "thank you" to our volunteers! April 28th - 7:00 p.m. May 1st - 2:00 p.m. DePaul Rec. Room May 5th - 7:00 p.m. ENCOMPASS The DePaul and Mount St. Vincent 4831 35th Avenue S.W. Seattle, Washington 98126 SISTERS OF PROVIDENCE SERVING IN THE WEST SINCE 1856