Great River Medical Centerís Living History Program Receives State Award from Nursing Professionals

September 18, 2001 – Great River Medical Centerís 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 organizationís fall meeting on Sept. 14.

ďThe Living History is a new way for us to care for the heart and soul of the patient, not just the diagnosis,Ē 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 patientsí social and medical histories leads to meaningful communication and relationships between patients and caregivers. Also, caregivers develop a better understanding of patientsí actions, responses and behaviors.