Assistance League of Bellingham

Hospital Patient Support

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Hospital Patient compressedThe Hospital Patient Support program provides new, comfortable clothing to the Emergency Department at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center.  In our 2016-2017 fiscal year, we delivered 1,528 articles of new clothing, including t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, socks, underwear and footwear. The nursing staff distributes the clothing to patients who, in the event of injury, assault or trauma, do not have clothing to wear home from the hospital. The program also provides appropriate new clothing for homeless or disoriented patients who are brought into the emergency room.

Although our volunteers do not have direct contact with the patients, the Emergency Department staff is very supportive and appreciative of this service and have made the following comments:

“Thank you for this great program. It has significant impact when a patient is injured and clothes are cut off or are involved in a major accident, assault or trauma and their clothing is ruined.”

“New clothing from Assistance League provides a valuable service to patients in need.  Thank you!”

“I have been able to give some warm sweat shirts to our homeless geriatric patients. They get cold, only wearing hospital scrubs around on our unit. As, I mentioned in my last email to you, our homeless folks have little in the way of warm, clean garments to wear. Their stuff can be beyond repair  when they are admitted to our unit, or they are a  health hazard that should not be cleaned in our community washer. Thanks to you and the Assistance League for helping those less fortunate in our community.”   

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