Pullman Regional Hospital Dedicates Palliative Care Room in Honor of Dennise Stannard
Jun 9, 2014
Pullman Regional Hospital has opened a palliative care patient room in honor of Dennise Stannard, RN, who died in 2013 after a difficult battle with cancer. The room will be dedicated on Monday, June 16th in memory of Dennise, who worked as an RN and department director at Pullman Regional Hospital for 21 years and was certified in end-of-life care through the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC).
The room is designed to provide a home like setting for patients and families, with an area for family and friends to gather, a microwave, a refrigerator, a Bose music sound system, and a magnetic board and marble shelving to hold family pictures. In addition, the room boasts beautiful views of the Palouse and outdoor, natural light and a bird bath.
These upgrades were funded almost entirely by donations from Pullman Regional Hospital employees, and gifts from Friends of Hospice and the Pullman Regional Hospital Auxiliary.
“Dennise was a strong proponent of palliative care and we are pleased to honor her memory through the dedication of this room,” said Scott Adams, Chief Executive Officer.
DesignEffects in Pullman provided design consultation on the project. Creation of the room is a key part of the hospital’s work focusing on expanding palliative care for patients and families. Other features of this care that are in place include a certified palliative care physician, an interdisciplinary quality of life team of nurses, respiratory therapists, social workers, pharmacists, WSU health psychology students, and volunteers that offer patient support, spiritual care, and music.
“Palliative care is often associated with end of life, but it also encompasses a team approach for patients and families to best meet the patient’s goals and manage the symptoms of their illness in a way that the patient chooses,” said Jeannie Eylar, Chief Clinical Officer. “We are pleased to now have the physical environment in addition to the other elements of palliative care as part of our comprehensive service to the community.”
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Pullman Regional Hospital