Unflagging faith transforms a life

Florence | January 9, 2017
Florence team helps transform patient's life

Imagine this. You’re going home after a stay in the hospital. You’ll be taking lots of medications (on top of several you already had).

You also have to learn to use an oxygen tank AND a walker. Oh, and by the way, you deal daily with short-term memory loss from a traumatic childhood.

Would you feel overwhelmed? Maybe a bit hopeless?

Fortunately for the patient in this story, the care coordination team at PeaceHealth in Florence stepped in last year and gave the kind of compassionate, persistent support that led to a dramatic difference.

Ann Carpenter, Mary Fazzio, Tiffany Perks and Deb Wescott took time to go over all of the medications with the patient and explain—with pictures—what each was being taken for. They also covered how to use the oxygen tank and how to change tanks.

They did this not once, but two days in a row and they set up regular weekly and biweekly follow-up visits.

Three months later, after mastering the oxygen and the walker, the patient walked into the clinic, 30 pounds lighter and eager to lose another 30. With so much progress and the promise of further improvement, the patient feels good enough today to volunteer and give back to the community.

What a beautiful lesson in the power of patience, faith and compassion.