Henry Mayo’s Hospice Care Program uses teddy bears to comfort many parents and their children.
Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital gratefully announced that Logix Federal Credit Union continues to sponsor the Hospital Foundation’s Palliative Care Teddy Bear Program.
Since 2018, Henry Mayo’s Palliative Care Program has used teddy bears to comfort many parents and their children. Bears also provide comfort to staff involved in difficult cases. When a patient is terminally ill, their heartbeat can be recorded by the teddy bear, which is then given to a family member of the patient as a keepsake.
“The response we receive from families who receive a bear has been very positive,” said Balbir Brar, MD, medical director of palliative care at Henry Mayo. “When a loved one enters the final stages of their life, we are able to record the patient’s heartbeat, place the recording in the bear and present the bear as a gift to the child or to the family member.
Recordable bears have a profound impact on family members. One of these cases involved a mother who was unresponsive and on life support. The patient’s son, an only child, was faced with the responsibility of making health care decisions for his mother.
The son compassionately asked the staff to postpone his mother’s placement in comfort care until his next graduation day a few days later. Not knowing how the son would react to receiving a teddy bear, staff provided information about the teddy bear souvenir and asked for permission to prepare one for him.
When the patient’s heartbeat recording was completed, the bear was placed in her arms. When the son returned to his mother’s room, he went straight to the bear, hugged him, and cried. The bear comforted the young man during a very difficult time. Knowing that they were able to give the young man such a precious gift, the staff were grateful for the opportunity to give him this wonderful keepsake.
“It is a privilege to work with the staff at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital who provide exceptional care to residents of the Santa Clarita Valley,” said Ana Fonseca, President and CEO of Logix. “We are happy to once again sponsor bears in palliative care; this is an opportunity for Logix to provide special support to the children and families who are going through such a great loss.
While nothing can replace a loved one, bears help ease pain and provide support in the face of tragedy. Henry Mayo’s Palliative Care team is committed to making end-of-life situations as comforting and peaceful as possible for patients and their families.
“Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital is grateful to Logix Federal Credit Union for continuing to sponsor the Palliative Care Bear program,” said Marlee Lauffer, President of the Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Foundation. “We strive to exceed the expectations of those we serve, every day, every time. The support of business partners like Logix helps us achieve this goal.
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