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Coronavirus Chronicles



Feeling hopeful

Tatiana Molinar & Mike Drummond

Tatiana, an ICU nurse, talks with colleague Mike about being fearful early in the pandemic. She heard about shortages of personal protection equipment on the East Coast and in other countries. To help ensure their safety, as well as their patients and families, she and some of her nursing colleagues quickly put together a list of demands for their chief nursing officer. Most of those demands were met within a week, giving her hope. Edit credit: Mike Addis Tatiana's PPE Petition:


A lasting sacred encounter

Nancy Jordan & Janice Peters

Janice, an oncology nurse, recalls with colleague Nancy the solemn experience she shared with a cancer patient and her 20-year-old daughter. The patient requested to remain in the hospital because she didn’t want to die at home where her daughter lived. She wanted it to remain a happy place. Her wish was honored. Janice formed a compassionate bond, as the patient and her daughter found a sense of healing in the absence of a cure. Edit credit: Sean Collins. Animation: RockitWorks.


Where God leads

Pam Sipos & Lisl Foss

Pam Sipos, director of spiritual care at Providence Mount St. Vincent in Seattle, recalls the first time she first saw “the Mount,” and immediately felt a strong presence of the Holy Spirit. She knew immediately God had led her there. Pam loves that the Mount has heart and puts a priority on the language of caring. Edit credit: StoryCorps


Holding Aubrielle

Holly Rossiter & Debra Bolton

Holly Rossiter and her family sought the help of a Providence St. Joseph Health perinatal hospice program to help her deliver her baby, Aubrielle, who was diagnosed in utero with a terminal illness. Holly recounts the journey with nurse Debra Bolton and how the experience forever changed her. Edit credit: Sean Collins


Gimme shelter

Kenny Flaherty & Aaron Hoppe

Kenny Flaherty, a guest at St. Patrick House and patient at Providence St. Patrick Hospital, and relief coordinator Aaron Hoppe examine the miracle of treating people as whole persons, rather than as a sum of their diagnoses, and reflect on the Irish proverb, “It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.” Edit credit: Sean Collins


Rooted in love

Jody Heaton & Kitty Cannan

Kitty and Jody first met when Jody's mom Elsie was at the end of her life, and Kitty was her nurse. After Elsie passed away, Jody brought Kitty a plant for taking such good care of her mother. Twenty years later they reconnected when Jody decided to become a hospice volunteer and bumped into Kitty at the hospital. To Jody's surprise, the plant was still there, and Kitty gave her a couple of clippings from that plant, giving root to a new friendship. Edit credit: StoryCorps


Life's transitions

Dana Mitchell & Jessica Moore

Jessica tells colleague Dana about what led her to become a gender-specialized nurse practitioner. Jessica’s youngest child had confided why they always felt depressed. It’s because she was a boy. Jessica became an advocate and an activist for transgender issues. Realizing medical professionals weren’t treating the transgender community with compassion, Jessica went back to school to get her nurse practitioner license so she could be their compassionate caregiver. Edit credit: StoryCorps


Mission, vision, and values

Janice Peters & Nancy Jordan

Nancy, a chief mission officer, and Janice, a clinical program manager, share the journeys that brought them to Providence. Searching for more meaning in their work, they were each drawn to Providence because of the organizations’ mission, vision, and values. They see their work as a calling and believe divine intervention may have played a role in bringing them to Providence. Edit credit: Sean Collins


Immersion experience

Jill Jones-Redmond & Maricor Lim

Jill and Maricor, colleagues at Providence Marianwood, talk about their immersion experience at a migrant camp in Skagit Valley, Wash. Deemed “essential workers” amid the coronavirus pandemic, these migrants perform back-breaking work for long hours in the heat, and for very little pay. Both Jill and Maricor were grateful for – and humbled by – the opportunity. Edit credit: Mike Addis


Comfort clown

Lorrie Shamarin & Kelly Bryan

Providence Hospice of Seattle administrative support supervisor Lorrie Shamarin walks colleague Kelly Bryan through the first time she donned a clown costume. It was in a children’s hospital in the former Soviet Union, where she brought joy to a dying child. (The famed Dr. Patch Adams figures into this story.) The conditions were grim. No TV. No toys. No medications. Edit credit: Sean Collins


Little acts of compassion

Therese Reynolds & Mike Drummond

Therese, an RN nurse manager, began her career at Providence Portland Medical Center at age 15 in the kitchen delivering food to patients. After swapping out green Jell-O for red for a patient who felt ignored, it resonated with Therese that little things can make a significant impact on a patient’s wellbeing. She tells Mike, a communications director at Providence, that sometimes you don’t need more medical treatments, just little acts of compassion. Edit credit: Mike Addis


Living a legacy

Lisl Foss & Molly Swain

Molly Swain, foundation director at Providence Mount St. Vincent, grew up volunteering at the long-term care facility for the elderly where her mother was director of nursing. She shares with colleague and friend, Lisl Foss, how she fell in love with elders from being around them as a child. After working in the insurance industry for years, she began looking for more meaningful work and stumbled on an ad for a foundations and communications position at “The Mount.” She has been there for 18 years and feels like she is continuing her mother’s legacy. Edit credit: Mike Addis


Never give up

Naomi Richardson & Julie Konen

Naomi, a retired nurse, shares with her friend Julie, a recreational therapist, what drew her to nursing. Her nursing journey began at Providence Mount St. Vincent. She left to work at Harborview Medical Center, where she met Curtis, the love of her life. Forty years into their marriage, Curtis had a bad fall, needed living assistance and moved into Mount St. Vincent. After Curtis’ death, Naomi became a resident volunteer at the Mount. Edit credit: StoryCorps


Whole-person healing

Janice Peters & Nancy Jordan

Nancy and Janice, Providence co-workers, discuss how Jesus was a whole-person healer, who tended to the body, mind and spirit. Janice recalls how a patient of hers was nearly paralyzed from a brain tumor. He wanted to return home, but was unable to board a plane in his condition. Yet after a steroid procedure and plenty of prayer, the patient regained use of his limbs and was able to travel home. Janice believes she may have witnessed a miracle. Edit credit: Sean Collins


Arresting the help

Fredrick Katelnikoff & Father Innocent Philo

Fredrick Katelnikoff, a security officer at Providence Health & Services Kodiak, shares with Father Innocent Philo the experience and lessons learned as a former village public safety officer (VPSO). VPSOs provide emergency assistance and law enforcement to rural Alaska communities hundreds of miles away from state services. He often relied on help from villagers he had arrested previously for minor crimes – encounters that taught him to treat everyone with respect. Edit credit: Alaska Public Media

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