September 18th, 2001

Great River Medical Center’s Living History Program has received the 2001 Award for Innovations in Patient Care from the Iowa Organization of Nurse Leaders. It was presented during the organization’s fall meeting on Sept. 14.

“The Living History is a new way for us to care for the heart and soul of the patient, not just the diagnosis,” said project creator and director Sheila Brune, R.N., Utilization Review.

Trained storywriters from departments throughout the hospital interview patients and then write stories about their lives, which are placed in medical charts. Integrating patients’ social and medical histories leads to meaningful communication and relationships between patients and caregivers. Also, caregivers develop a better understanding of patients’ actions, responses and behaviors.