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 2015-2015 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.”

“It is so important to have this resource. Especially being able to help patients in our community who are homeless and do not have many resources.”

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


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