Terminally ill patient renews wedding vows in hospital

Unbeknownst to the Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at Dallas staff, the husband of a young terminally ill patient was planning to renew the couple’s vows on their seventh wedding anniversary. Once Marci, a palliative care chaplain, and the oncology staff learned of the husband’s plans, they were incredibly moved and wanted to help … Continue reading Terminally ill patient renews wedding vows in hospital

Thanks to end-of-life care, Amy Culley isn’t dying — she’s living

Amy Culley has worked as a nurse here at Baylor Scott & White Health for more than 10 years. More than two years ago, she received the worst news of her life. At age 38, she was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. Since that time, she has become a passionate advocate for supportive and palliative care … Continue reading Thanks to end-of-life care, Amy Culley isn’t dying — she’s living

Listen: ‘On Call’ podcast launches with focus on palliative care

As we told you a few days ago, we’re talking palliative care on multiple platforms this week. We kicked it off with our first #bswhchats Twitter chat on the topic on Tuesday. Then, on Wednesday, KERA News (90.1 FM) highlighted the Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas music therapy program. Reporter Lauren Silverman’s touching piece … Continue reading Listen: ‘On Call’ podcast launches with focus on palliative care

Scott & White Hospice Thrift Store brings gently-used items, hope to community

When the Scott & White Hospice Thrift Store opened in May 2000, the purpose was to support the needs of hospice patients and to provide a place for families to donate cherished treasures after a loved one died. But in the years since its founding, Susan Robison and her staff of employees and volunteers have … Continue reading Scott & White Hospice Thrift Store brings gently-used items, hope to community

Take part in National Healthcare Decisions Day, April 16th

A massive effort to highlight the importance of advance health care decision-making has led to the formal designation of April 16, 2010 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). This public awareness initiative seeks to increase the number of people who have thought about end-of-life care and made their wishes known through advance care directives. (See … Continue reading Take part in National Healthcare Decisions Day, April 16th

Hospice workers help patients maintain their quality of life

With a purse-shaped cake and a gathering of loved ones, a woman celebrates her 100th birthday, something she didn’t think she’d see when she was diagnosed with a terminal illness. But thanks to the Scott & White hospice care team, she is able to have her dying wish granted. “If there’s something that a patient … Continue reading Hospice workers help patients maintain their quality of life