From Improving End-of-Life Care to Mentoring Pregnant Teens, Sentara Fulfills its Commitment to the Community
NORFOLK, VA (May 19, 2010) - When a terminally ill patient at Sentara Leigh Hospital on a ventilator had a last wish to go home to see the birds on the lake behind her home, Sentara's palliative care team got to work.
The team coordinated the discharge with nurses, therapists, physicians and durable medical equipment to set up the care location at home. Meanwhile, the woman's grandchildren rushed home to spread bird seed in the yard and lakeside to attract the birds. After returning home, the patent died peacefully that evening.
"We can't always cure patients, but we can help make their lives better," says Dr. Krista Dobbie, medical director of the palliative care program for Sentara Medical Group.
Patients are accepted into the palliative care program regardless of their ability to pay. In addition, Sentara conducts palliative care training for medical students and physician assistants at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Sentara also trains nurses at Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters.
Read more about palliative care at Sentara, another program to mentor pregnant teens, and how forensic nurses help solve crimes in the community in the June 2010 Community Benefits Report.
Read more details about Sentara's dedication to the community we serve through various programs and financial contributions and past versions of Community Benefits reports.