Campaign Launched for New Educational Simulation Center
Washington Health System seeks funding to improve Simulation Center education for School of Nursing students and Health System clinical staff. Without putting real patients in danger, skills learned through simulation directly benefit patients by improving their safety, treatment, and recovery.
The Simulation Center uses sophisticated, realistic wireless mannequins, controlled by instructors via computers, to provide hands-on training for core skills in a safe, controlled environment. Our School of Nursing currently uses the center in its curriculum. Entire classes of students can be trained for a range of situations that they may not experience during their clinical education.
Through the project, the health system will purchase software and new life-like wireless mannequins, including a portable adult male, a pregnant adult female which delivers a simulator baby, and a young child. The project will also involve renovations to space for obstetrics, pediatrics, disaster training, emergency room, and operating room environments.
The expanded Simulation Center will be used by our Family Medicine Program residents, clinical staff, as well as other healthcare professionals, community organizations, and emergency services.
Washington Health System Foundation is asking for charitable donations from the community to support the estimated $780,000 project. Visit our online giving page to donate and make the biggest impact in improving local professional education and patient care.
Hospice Care and Donnell House Provide Extra Support to Veteran’s Family
Donnell House patient Ronald Taufer with daughter, Jeanne Beaumariage, and son, Bill Taufer.
“I honestly don’t know what my brother and I would have done without Hospice Care,” Jeanne Beaumariage of Houston said when her father, Ronald Taufer of Meadow Lands, faced the final stages of stomach cancer. “Hospice allowed my father to stay in his home until his last days, which is what he wanted.”
Ronald was a strong-willed military man who served in the Army, Air Force, and National Guard during Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf War. First diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer in 1999, Ronald survived and lived on borrowed time for fourteen years. He always did everything he could for himself and never complained about his pain. He always took care of his body, ate healthy, and even exercised daily until a couple months before he died.
Then, with his daughter Jeanne and son Bill’s support, Ronald made the decision to receive Hospice Care. The family was hesitant until they understood that hospice services are to help patients and families at any time during a terminal illness - not just when patients have a few days left.
Jeanne and Bill continued to care for Ronald in his home, and Hospice Care provided that extra support to get them through. Eventually, Jeanne and Bill moved Ronald to Donnell House. Again, they were reluctant to have him go there because that was the “final place” patients went. But the staff was kind and made sure Ronald could feel no pain, so the family could let him go naturally.
The night before he died, Jeanne and Bill had a time to say goodbye to their father and let him know that it was OK to leave them, something that brought them closure. When Ronald died the next day, the entire family was there with him, as well as Hospice Care staff.
For the entire story of the Ronald Taufer family’s experience of Hospice Care and Donnell House, read the Winter 2015 Journey.
Washington Health System Foundation publishes the Washington Health System Donor Report annually and The Journey newsletter semi-annually.
The Journey is the Hospice Care donor newsletter, usually published in February and August. The newsletter includes a listing of gifts to Hospice Care made in memory or honor of others, as well as stories of patients and families whose lives have been touched by Hospice Care and opportunities to give and volunteer.
Both the Washington Health System Donor Report and The Journey are posted to this page after they have been published.