Providence TrinityCare Foundation
Know me, Care for me, Ease my way
At Providence Trinity our palliative care program treats pain associated with serious illness and medical treatments such as chemotherapy. It also supports the patient’s family as they help care for their loved one.
Because patients’ comfort and outcomes improve with palliative care, the program is rapidly expanding, both in hospitals and the community. Additional philanthropic funding will help provide access to these services for all who are in need.
Community Palliative Care offers:
- Patient care assistance, offering charity care and support to those without insurance
- In-home palliative and hospice services
- Expert pain control, symptom management, and comfort care for those with chronic illness
- Board and care options for patients who are homeless
People Make Life Meaningful
Palliative Care is a Team Sport
Gene is a devoted mother and grandmother who had been ill for years with myasthenia gravis, a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disease that causes weakness in the skeletal muscles responsible for breathing and moving her arms and legs. Surprisingly, it went into remission—but soon after, she was diagnosed with a mitochondrial disorder that is a result of mitochondria failure. (Mitochondria are present in almost every cell in the body.) This proved to be even worse for Gene and her health. Relying on her faith and determination, she vowed to fight the disease and live her life the best way possible.
Gene’s best friend, Nancy Cypert, a longtime supporter of the Providence TrinityCare Foundation, was devastated as she watched her friend deteriorate in such pain. Nancy had heard about a community palliative care program being developed at TrinityCare and felt this was the perfect next step for Gene. The team decided that Gene would be a perfect first patient, and TrinityCare’s Community Palliative Care program began with Gene in June 2015.
“Gene was our first palliative care patient,” said Russell Kieffer, TrinityCare’s palliative care director. “She needed the care, and we were anxious to start the program. It was the right thing to do.”